The Guardian removes Osama Bin Laden’s 2002 ‘Letter to America’ after TikTokers view videos praising it more than 10 million times

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On Wednesday, The Guardian removed a letter written by Al-Queda founder Osama Bin Laden that had been published on its website for more than 20 years. This comes as the hashtag #lettertoamerica was viewed on TikTok over 10 million times.

TikTokers, many of them American, found the letter and began to share it. As they did so, they expressed their agreement with the letter. The letter was published in British news outlet The Guardian in 2002, after the September 11 terror attacks on the United States, which killed over 3,000 people. As they read the letter, steeped in the oppressor/victim worldview, they find themselves agreeing with bin Laden’s assessment that the US, and Israel, are responsible for attacks on their own nations. One American TikToker said the letter gave her an “existential crisis” and she will never look at the US the same again.

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