From The Daily Mail
Osama bin Laden blamed the United States and other industrialised countries for causing global warming in an extraordinary message issued yesterday.
In a departure from his usual religious rants, the Al Qaeda leader lectured on the dangers of climate change, claiming the only solution was to ‘bring the wheels of the American economy’ to a halt.
Rather than vows to inflict death and destruction on the U.S. and its allies, the man behind the September 11 atrocity in New York discussed the environmental future of the planet and monetary policy.
‘This is a message to the whole world about those who are causing climate change, whether deliberately or not, and what we should do about that,’ he declared.
He blamed Western industrialised nations for hunger, causing flooding and the destruction of fertile ground across the globe.
And he warned solutions must be ‘drastic’ rather than ‘partial’.
Although bin Laden has briefly referred to climate change and global warming in past messages, this fresh audiotape was his first dedicated to the topic.
The speech, which included almost no religious rhetoric, has been interpreted as an attempt by the terror leader to broaden the appeal of his message beyond Islamic militants.
‘Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,’ he said in the tape released to the Al Jazeera television network, adding: ‘All of the industrialised countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility.’
Bin Laden referred to the fact that while wealthy nations had agreed to the Kyoto Protocol that binds them to emissions targets, former U.S. President George Bush later rejected such limitations in deference to big business.
He called for a boycott of American products and the end of the U.S. dollar as a world currency.
‘We should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible,’ he said in the brief recording.
‘I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America.
‘It is necessary for us to avoid doing business in the dollar, and to finish with it in the fastest possible time.’
The terrorist even used a quotation from American liberal political activist Noam Chomsky to support his cause.
He said: ‘Noam Chomsky was correct when he compared the U.S. policies to those of the Mafia.
‘They are the true terrorists and therefore we should refrain from dealing in the U.S. dollar and should try to get rid of this currency as early as possible.’
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He argued that such steps would also hamper Washington’s war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Saudi-born bin Laden is still thought to be hiding in the mountainous areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The new message, the authenticity of which could not immediately be confirmed, comes after a bin Laden tape last week endorsed a failed attempt to blow up an American airliner on Christmas Day.