Osama Goes Green? A Surprising Pop Quiz…

By Bradley Blackburn

Jan 29, 2010 4:44pm

ABC's Bradley Blackburn blogs from New York: POP QUIZ: Match the following quotes with one of these authors – Vice President Al Gore, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, or Osama Bin Laden: 1. "To those who are still tempted to dismiss the increasingly urgent alarms from scientists around the world, ignore the melting of the polar ice cap and all the other apocalyptic warnings from the planet itself, [...] please wake up." 2. "The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent." 3. "It is necessary for us to avoid doing business in the dollar, and to finish with it in the fastest possible time." 4. "We cannot have, on the one hand, a multipolar world and, on the other, a single benchmark currency across the globe."
Answers: 1. Al Gore
2. Osama bin Laden
3. Osama bin Laden
4. Nicolas Sarkozy If you got all four, then congratulations. We're pointing out, of course, some surprising new statements from Osama bin Laden.  In a taped message that aired on Al Jazeera recently, the terrorist leader sounded more like an environmental activist or left-wing economist, making points that aren't as outragous as you might expect. Bin Laden is apparently trying to expand his Al Qaeda message to a new audience.  Terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann told the AP that Bin Laden is "looking to appeal to people who don't necessarily love Al Qaeda but who are angry at the U.S. and the West, to galvanize them against the West." Plenty of people are having some fun with this — Gawker suggested that the U.S. government should start looking for Bin Laden at Whole Foods.  But Bin Laden's change in rhetorical tactic could be significant if it finds receptive ears.  Are you surprised by Bin Laden's words?

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