The latest trend to hit TikTok proves precisely why it’s important to effectively educate and inform today’s young people about the horrific events of September 11, 2001 – something that schools are evidently failing to do.
Hundreds of Gen Z users of the Chinese social media app are praising Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” in which he explains his so-called “justification” for the brutal attacks that took the lives of 2,977 innocent people. The videos are collectively receiving thousands of likes and comments and millions of views.
“I don’t think that America took out Osama bin Laden for 9/11—no, I really don’t,” TikTok user Alessia Francesca said in a post. “They took out Osama bin Laden because he was trying to open America’s eyes to this illegal occupation that they’re helping Israel with, of the Palestinian people, and also he’s holding America accountable for their part in this illegal occupation and un-aliving of Palestinians for decades.”
“Everything he said was valid,” a TikTok user who goes by “Godiva Goddess” said in a since-deleted video.
“I read it out loud and I cried,” Amy Butler said, in a video that has also been deleted. “I immediately printed it out and saved it.”
“Trying to go back to life as normal after reading Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” and realizing everything we learned about the Middle East, 9/11, and ‘terrorism’ was a lie,” user Leslie Rae captioned a video.
These impressionable young people are not solely to blame for their naivety. The majority of responsibility lies squarely on the activist teachers and professors who whitewash history in favor of the Left’s preferred narrative.
Reacting to the trend, Young America’s Foundation President Governor Scott Walker said that proper education on the attacks is a must: “The reprehensible praise for Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” among some in Gen Z is deeply unsettling. It’s important to remember and speak clearly about the evils of terrorism perpetrated against our country. In 2003, YAF began our annual 9/11: Never Forget Project to ensure young people remember those who were murdered because of the abhorrent ideologies bin Laden stood for.”