Who are the heroes of young left wingers these days? Che Guevara? Karl Marx? Jeremy Corbyn? No, apparently it's Osama bin Laden.
This week on TikTok, the videos of young people celebrating the virtues of Osama bin Laden have been going viral, and all because they've suddenly read his ‘Letter to America’. That was a piece that was published on the Guardian website in 2002. The Guardian has since removed the letter, which isn't the best approach because it lends a kind of weird credibility and glamour to the nonsense that he was spouting.
As you can imagine, in the letter, Osama bin Laden argues that it's all the West's fault and he had no choice but to murder thousands of civilians on 9/11. In fact, he claims the right to murder civilians and very specifically mentions Palestine as the justification.
He's also clearly obsessed with Jews, using the word ten times in this very short letter, in phrasing that, let's be honest, is reminiscent of the kind of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories found in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Andrew Doyle discusses TikTokers supporting Osama Bin Laden
Osama bin Laden writes: “The Jews have taken control of your economy, through which they have then taken control of your media and now control all aspects of your life, making you their servants and achieving their aims at your expense”.
He also wrote: “Your law is the law of the rich and wealthy people who hold sway in their political parties and and fund their election campaigns with their gifts. Behind them stand the Jews who control your policies, media and economy.”
It's what you might expect from an anti-Semitic mass murderer. And yet the kids love him. TikTok has been frantically removing the videos and as usual, when material is suppressed, it's become even more popular. And actually, we do need to see this because we need to understand the extent of the problem.
Firstly, there's the issue of history. Now, many of these young people have been taught by activist teachers who have willingly twisted aspects of their history for their own anti-Western agenda. Historical revisionism is now the norm.
Look at the 1619 project for instance, which tried to rewrite the story of the foundation of the United States. I mean that won a Pulitzer Prize but was plagued with factual inaccuracies. Even their own fact checkers raised concerns.
It has also been reported in the Telegraph that the prestigious academic journal History and Technology published an unsubstantiated claim about Henry Cort, the 18th century ironware producer, saying that he didn't invent the iron making process he has long been credited for, but that he stole the idea from Jamaican slaves.
When academics pointed out that there was simply no evidence for this claim, the journals editors claimed that the article's critics were taking ‘narrow approaches’ to colonial era sources, and were engaging in ‘particular race relations’, by taking the view that facts are facts.
Well, facts are facts. Now, if it turns out that the article is correct, that's fair enough. But the editors are wrong to simply assert that something is true and then dispute the importance of factual analysis. And of course they're doing so because this particular article is an article by an activist that is calling for reparations. So there's an agenda there.
This is because ideologues from the critical social justice movement, what most people call the Woke movement, are not interested in truth. Indeed, they consider the very notion of truth to be a white, Western, hetero-patriarchal construct. They say there are multiple truths and that we should prioritise lived experience over verifiable reality.
And that's the lesson that the TikTok generation have taken on board. So if they feel that Osama bin Laden was a decent guy and that the 3000 people murdered in the Twin Towers were in fact colonisers who were complicit in the Western imperial project, then it must be true because they feel it. In other words, historical illiteracy has been rebranded as virtuous.
And it's not just TikTok. We've even seen some people on these Palestine marches that really don't understand the situation. It isn't just that these kids know nothing about history, they don't know what happened last month.
This is really dangerous stuff. We've seen explicit anti-Semitism on the streets of London and not just in London but elsewhere around the country too. We've seen protesters calling for jihad, intifada, even one claiming that, ‘Hitler knew how to deal with these people’. That’s an actual quotation from a protester.
Jewish schools have been forced to close, Jewish people have been openly intimidated, and all in the name of progress and peace. Well, actually, what you're seeing here is fascism, and you don't have to read Mein Kampf to know that Hitler wasn't a great fan of Jewish people.
But with all the attempts to rewrite what actually occurred during that horrendous genocidal terrorist attack on October the 7th, it's starting to become clear how Holocaust denial happens, because we're seeing it in real time.
Activists have spent years imagining fascists in every shadow, claiming that we live in a Nazi country, and they've now gone completely silent about open declarations of fascism on our streets, and some are even supporting Osama bin Laden. And if you think they couldn't sink any lower, I promise you this is just the beginning.