Oddly, Osama bin Laden has released an audiotape on Friday calling for Pakistan flood relief. The tape is titled "Reflections on the Method of Relief Work." It appears as if the al-Qaida leader is using the summerâ€™s flooding in the region to make the government of Pakistan and other governments around the region look uncaring.
Al-Qaida Exploiting Pakistan Flooding to Stir up Anger in Region
This marks the third al-Qaida message in past weeks that discusses the Pakistan flooding that affected 20 million people. The terrorist organization is making a concentrated effort to anger the people affected by the drastic flooding in order to gain support.
Bin Ladenâ€™s message was actually a softer, humanitarian toned message perhaps trying to help his image. He appears to want to be seen as the protector of the poor. He accused governments of spending too much on armies and not enough on flood relief or helping the poor.
The audiotape has not been independently confirmed, but the voice does resemble Osama bin Ladenâ€™s. Many believe that people in Pakistan who need relief aid will not feel relieved by Osama bin Ladenâ€™s message since he will not even show his face to the world. Internationally, $800 million has been pledged for flood relief in Pakistan. Much of it is coming from the U.S.
It is odd to think of someone like Osama bin Laden as being a philosophic humanitarian, but that is certainly the tone he adopted in the latest audiotape. What do you think of bin Ladenâ€™s latest message about Pakistan and flood relief? Is he sincere or is he using this as a way to make people angry and rally support for his terrorist organization.
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