Report Reveals Young Americans View On Bin Laden
A recent poll conducted by the Daily Mail has revealed a disturbing trend among young Americans.
According to the survey, about 20% of 18-29-year-olds have a positive view of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. The poll also found that around 30% of young Americans believe that Bin Laden's views were a "force for good."
Bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, orchestrated the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The attack claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans and left many others injured and traumatized. After a decade-long manhunt, Bin Laden was finally killed by U.S. Navy Seals in May 2011.
The poll results come as a shock, especially considering that 81% of all those surveyed held a negative view of Bin Laden. The revelation has caused outrage among many Americans, including those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.
Terry Strada, whose husband died in the North Tower on 9/11, expressed her shock and disbelief, calling the results "horrifying" and "disturbing."
Strada also voiced concerns about the normalization of terrorism among young Americans, stating that it is a "dangerous and slippery slope" to go down. Meanwhile, Brett Eagleson, who lost his father in the South Tower on 9/11, blamed the U.S. government for the rise in young Americans' sympathies for Bin Laden. He believes that the lack of transparency regarding Saudi involvement in the attacks has contributed to the current situation.
Eagleson stated that the government's two-decade-long cover-up of the truth has led to today's youth and adolescents supporting the "evil" that visited their country on 9/11.
He called for a full accounting of the Saudi government's role in the attacks and the U.S. intelligence failures that allowed them to happen.
This shocking revelation comes just a month after viral TikTok videos showed young Americans discussing Bin Laden's "Letter to America" and sympathizing with him after reading it. The letter outlines Bin Laden's justification for the 9/11 attacks, and it seems to have resonated with some young people.
This is not the first time that controversial views have divided Americans. In October, a survey conducted by Cygnal showed that a majority (57.5%) of Muslim Americans believed that Hamas was justified in its terrorist attack against Israel. This stark contrast in opinions highlights the deep division and lack of understanding among different groups in society.
With these disturbing poll results, it is clear that there is a need for greater education and understanding of the horrific consequences of terrorism, both domestically and globally. It also emphasizes the importance of open and honest communication by the government to prevent misinformation and radicalization among young people.