An Insurgence of Idiots

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The word “insurgence” means a large increase. What with TikTok providing basically everyone a platform to spout their deepest thoughts in 30-second to 2-minute intervals, the insurgence I’m seeing is one of complete idiots. The newest trend on the social media outlet is a bunch of stunned young people making shocked faces at the camera and talking about the brilliance of…

Osama Bin Laden.

I could not make this up. Here is a glimpse inside the minds of TikTokers who are now certain Bin Laden was a benevolent genius. Do you remember the phrase, “Useful Idiots?”

Observe Exhibit A below.


We’re all passionate and naive about life at this age.

I remember being in my late teens and early 20s. I was certain at the time that I knew everything and that if the world would just listen to me, I could make it a better place. I was pretty liberal (of course, this was in the late 80s and early 90s, when liberal was an entirely different animal than it is today), and I was utterly convinced that I knew more about the world than my dad. In his wisdom, he challenged me with interesting questions and made me defend my stances with facts, not feelings. And so I evolved to realize that I didn’t know diddly squat.

I guess these kids don’t have a dad like mine, because they can’t compose an argument worth beans.

Let’s put aside for a moment all our doubts about what occurred on 9/11 and the actual culprit because that isn’t the topic of this conversation.

In this conversation, these young people believe, lock, stock, and barrel, that Bin Laden was the mastermind of an attack on American soil that took out more than 3000 innocent people. And they think he’s awesome.

It astounds me that there’s more information available than any other time in history…and they choose to “get educated” (a favorite buzzphrase) on a social media platform filled with baseless soundbites.

What’s in this letter?

It’s hard to find Bin Laden’s Letter to America online now, but here’s a copy on the web archive. After The UK Guardian pulled it, every other location I could find followed suit. I remember reading it back when it was first published, and my reaction was certainly not one of, “Ohhhh….this dude really understands life.”

The letter is Osama Bin Laden’s ravings about “why” they attacked America. No sources are cited. He simply goes on and on about the evils of America and Israel through the lens of his religious beliefs.

Bin Laden hated Jews, Americans, and gay people, just to name a few on his hit list. He believed that anyone who died on 9/11 deserved it and wasn’t innocent because they paid taxes to a country that committed the acts against which he had grievances. He was filled with hate.

But because the first segment of his manifesto mentions the Palestinians, these kids with no critical thinking skills suddenly see him as a beacon of truth.

The letter goes on to demand that everyone convert to Islam. It discusses how we’ve separated Church and State in America and says that’s a bad thing. Bin Laden cites such things as usury, gambling, intoxicants, incest, sexuality, homosexuality, and disease as uniquely American issues.

It concludes:

If the Americans refuse to listen to our advice and the goodness, guidance and righteousness that we call them to, then be aware that you will lose this Crusade Bush began, just like the other previous Crusades in which you were humiliated by the hands of the Mujahideen, fleeing to your home in great silence and disgrace. If the Americans do not respond, then their fate will be that of the Soviets who fled from Afghanistan to deal with their military defeat, political breakup, ideological downfall, and economic bankruptcy.

This is our message to the Americans, as an answer to theirs. Do they now know why we fight them and over which form of ignorance, by the permission of Allah, we shall be victorious?

This is just so dumb.

Mark my words, at this rate, it won’t be long before some of these crazy Bin Laden fan-girls convert to Islam. They truly don’t seem to grasp that if they were to follow the mandates laid out by this letter that all their gay and trans friends would be put to death, brutally executed. They don’t understand they’d be owned by men from the cradle to the grave. They wouldn’t be allowed to be educated (though we can’t say formal education has done much for these folks), and they certainly wouldn’t be airing their views on social media. There would be no more mimosa-fueled brunches, no freedom of movement, and no choices about what to do with their lives.

They just don’t understand.

Ignorance is bliss until it gets you a big fat dose of Shariah law.

TikTok is cracking down.

TikTok is cracking down on this and says it isn’t really “viral.”

While TikTok said reports of it trending were inaccurate, the #lettertoamerica hashtag on TikTok had 13.7 million views as of Thursday afternoon. “Letter to America” also trended on X, the platform formally known as Twitter, where there were more than 82,000 posts.

“Content promoting this letter clearly violates our rules on supporting any form of terrorism,” TikTok said in a statement on Thursday. “We are proactively and aggressively removing this content and investigating how it got onto our platform. The number of videos on TikTok is small and reports of it trending on our platform are inaccurate. This is not unique to TikTok and has appeared across multiple platforms and the media.”

I think the genie is out of the bottle, though. Our young people have been radicalized, which is something I’ve written about before. They’ve been taught by our education system and our media to hate America. Look at all the radicalized professors we see in the news saying shocking things lately.

And they really don’t have a clue how the real world works.

But the problem here is not that some dumb kids don’t understand the world. The problem here is that they have been brainwashed to hate their own country. And how will people who hate America ever defend her?

We’re watching the destruction of our culture in real time.

Not all Gen Z kids are this ignorant.

I’m not here to say every person of Gen Z age is horrible. There are notable exceptions. And most of those exceptions come from households like mine, who taught their kids actual critical thinking and the real difference between right and wrong. We challenged our kids to defend their ideas with facts, and if they didn’t have enough facts, we made them go look up more facts until they had a better grasp on the topic.

Cherry-picking a few comments out of an eight-page letter and waxing poetic about the ravings of a terrorist is not critical thinking. It’s not edgy or cool.

It’s idiotic.

Perhaps these fans of Bin Laden need to go live amongst the Taliban for a while and then get back to us with some videos.

What are your thoughts?

Did you know that young people are big fans of Osama Bin Laden? Do you find this shocking? Do you think they’re confused or radicalized?

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty; 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived; and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. Her work is widely republished across alternative media and she has appeared in many interviews.

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Daisy Luther

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Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • They intimidate they demand using their limited reasoning power. as a teen growing up in the sixties I was just as negligent in finding the truth. graduating in Jan. of 61 and joining the Navy started my awakening. sitting in that chopper in the fall of 1962 waiting for the sub to surface that would start WW3 gave me plenty of time to think and information from the sources of power. our government and the daily dance they have to secure our nation. Today I may agree with many of these young uninformed people that the government is out of control but not as they state. their ignorance abounds without excuse because of all the information sources available. it still takes work and effort to find the truth. so many publish for the attention it gives. its that false sense of celebrity that becomes their downfall. The latest was Mr. Hogg who rode the wave for a while as he was in the spotlight. where is he today, just a voice that echoes into the distance drowned out by the next instant celebrity? Miss Greta. Yes, their voices are heard and then forgotten as they age and reality bites them hard in the posterior. I was fortunate to learn young about governments of all spectrums. As such planned and saved and unlike my inlaws and outlaws didn’t squander my dollar on the good time soon well forgotten as the hangover they had going to work. I depend on no one in my old age as many condemn me for “getting all the breaks”. It never stops them from asking for money they never learned to handle. Listen closely and these voices will also Faid into the distance and be forgotten.————I, Grampa

  • Gotta say that sadly I’m no longer surprised. The wholesale takeover of young Americans and Canadians is pretty complete. As a group they are ignorant, think only in short sound bites, get their “news” on platforms such as TikTok and have been “educated” by leftist Marxists who hate the West. So they read this letter and right away sign onto a diatribe that says it’s all the fault of the Jews and Israel and if they didn’t exist we wouldn’t have had to attack you and your life would be wonderful. And they are ignorant of what BinLaden wanted for the US and what the Islamists still want for the world; a Moslem caliphate worldwide. And they are so very stupid that they actually believe their gender fluid drug using amoral lifestyle would be acceptable. It’s scary because this is so many of our young people; totally brainwashed.

  • 11th & 12th commandments: think first, think often and thou shall not eff up and embarress the family (see no. 11). Helicopter parents are pretty shallow. They operate on fear snd expediency. That produces poor quality “work product” ie. Adult children like these. Sadly, they will learn the hard way like all knuckleheads do, like we did. Fortunately, for me, I’ll probably be dead, while they will have the next 3-4 decades to suffer or be executed in a ditch, a fool’s grave. FAFO.

  • Daisy, how familiar are you with Critical theory? Brought to the States before WWII by the Frankfort School (who were fleeing the NAZIs) and infiltrating every part of American culture, their single goal was the destruction of the culture and the paving of the way for the “New Socialist Man”.
    This video is very difficult to find but I was able to upload it to my Rumble account. I found it enlightening.
    You can skip over the very long beginning (with music from “Forbidden Planet” 🙂 ) .

  • Spotted. Leftist idiots spouting propaganda from those who would kill them and not just hurt their feelings.
    What does the future hold only time will tell.
    XOXO. Gossip Girl

  • Do you think they’re confused or radicalized? First comes confusion and then radicalization. Many of these young people are not doing in-depth reading nor are they critical thinkers, but are “PJs” (Phone Junkies). In closing, RIF (Reading is Fundamental). Godspeed and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • Wait until these chuckleheads discover the Unabomber’s Manifesto! As my late father used to say “It is the things you learn AFTER you know everything that will count the most.

    • Yep. The Unabomber came to my mind too as I read this. I remember reading some of his manifesto that they published so he’d stop mailing out bombs. I thought he was obviously intelligent and articulate and there were some compelling arguments in his writings but obviously he was batshit crazy and needed to be locked up. Never did I consider becoming a Unabomber groopy. But that was a while ago and I was well educated and capable of critical thinking. And obviously he didn’t attract a bunch of admirers. And neither did BinLaden. But times have changed as has our educational system and the young today are weaned on TikTok.

      • Bin Laden had a lot of admirers in Muslim countries, and among Muslims in the US. Remember the posters with photos of the Magnificent 19? I had an Iranian friend who, four days after 9/11, said Don’t you think you deserved it?

        I used to teach French and Spanish as adjunct teaching staff at a university. Around 1990, an effort was made to recruit grad students who were ill-educated and hire professors who taught courses in Post-Colonialism and Deconstruction of Racist Narratives in Guadaloupe or the Central African Republic. Everyone had to get on board. For thirty years, students have been taught that people of color in developing countries were good, while white people from developed countries were evil and exploitative. It really was as simple as that. If you’re willing to write papers expounding on that, you can get a Ph.D. and tenure teaching at a university.

        The truth is much more complex and less immediately rewarding.

        When I was young, everyone was very sympathetic to the Jewish people, everyone was absolutely appalled by the atrocities of the Holocaust, and admired plucky, competent Israel. It wasn’t until the late ‘80s that Arabs in Israel moved into the social role of oppressed people of color, with competent, ethical Israel being relegated to the role of oppressor, along with traditional Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Australians.

        I think that the cruelty of Islam, the religion and political ideology of a billion people defined as oppressed and therefore to be supported, simply doesn’t compute in the simple minds of today’s youth. And they can truthfully say that it’s what their professors in college taught them.

        • Possibly a harbinger of positive change: the doctoral program in Romance Languages at MU, Columbia, Missouri, in place for many decades, was completely cancelled (in which I got a doctorate, the first years of which were in better times), as a result of the dangerous and boring strategies I described.

  • Daisy brought up all of the reasons and rationale behind the insidious position that the “influencers” and their blind followers have. Primarily that they have literally been brainwashed by out “education” system. Unless we completely reform our system and return control to local PTA’s this will continue and even get worse. How much is too far when it comes to exploiting and radicalizing our children? Will we do something when they encourage abhorrent behavior? How about if they attack the sexuality of our children in high school? Middle School? Elementary School?

    It is safe to say that unless and until We The People stand up and eliminate the NEA, and Teacher’s Unions which encourage this behavior and empower the sick perpetrators, our society as a whole will soon be lost.

  • Daisy… I truly wish I had a boat load of money.
    I would offer a 1 way ticket to any country in the world for people who hate America. My daddy fought in WW2 for all of us.
    Member when burning the American flag was popular? Drove him nuts!
    Are we perfect… Nope.
    Only Heaven is!

  • as some of us may understand, you cannot win against terrorism or gorilla warfare – it will eat you alive eventually.. big question is: what is the truth behind it all? Bin Laden was CIA trained and puppeteer to do dirty jobs for US goals.. watch movie Tom Cruise “American Made” as a glimpse of what your government gets up to.. just makes me wonder who the real enemy is after all? The “idiots” that support him, this will be in their hearts forever, you can never change this by force, it takes time and true leadership by example.. something very lacking on the western front, especially the truth!

  • It is discouraging to realize our young people are this ignorant!! There are planes and boats leaving America everyday, please young people if you don’t like America get a ticket and get out!

  • I like how people pontificating on these cause and effect topics like this one here and dont have the intelligence or insight to even address the term


    Thats what Osama was referencing … thats what Hamas based its operation on and it steers every violent action in the middle east. I suppose everyone thinks Israels genocide of Palestinians is just going to be swallowed by the oppressed or the operators in the region. Or the rest of the world for that matter?

    You better think again. The wholesales slaughter done against women and children today will roll like a wave and obliterate the Zionists later. Wait and see.

    All I know is I wont have any sympathy for them after 70 years of the heinous hate they have enacted upon the people of Palestine.

      • @ Carla

        Couldn’t have said it better if I tried 🤣 Guess he’s a Hamas fanboy. Maybe he can fly over and join them? I’ll chip in for a ticket.

        • No, I see you cant get out of you one dimensional thinking either and thats fine.

          Hamas should be obliterated. But killing innocent Palestinians doesnt excuse all the Israeli terrorism to date.

          If you were an oppressed people not 2 generations past and can enact apartheid and genocide on another peoples with cold indifference then you forfeit empathy and compassion.

          • Ric. Apartheid Israel committing genocide is Hamas/Palestine propaganda lies. You should research this topic more.

            Twenty per cent of the people in Israel are Arab. They enjoy the full citizen rights if all Israelis. They have their own political party. There is even an Arab on the Israeli Supreme Court. How many Jews are living in peace in Palestine? Zero. Tell me again which one is apartheid.

            A good source of information on Israel is Sarah Idan who grew up an Iraqi Muslim under Saddam Hussein and lived there until 2003. She represented Iraq in the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2017. Because of her efforts to promote peace with Israel and Iraq she was invited to Israel. She said about her visit to Israel:

            Ms. Idan:
            “That was the first time I was exposed to Israel. It was definitely an eye opener for me when I went to Israel, because I realized that everything I had been told about Israel was a lie.

            I didn’t even know they had Muslims, Christians, and people from all over who all coexisted peacefully. When I looked at Israel, I felt it was like a mini-United States in the Middle East. It is amazing, because you have mosques next to synagogues and churches. I just wish that we had the same thing in other Arab countries.”

            She said about the Hamas attack of Israel October 7, 2023.

            Ms. Idan:
            “Yes. When I posted about the Israeli women being raped by Hamas, the messages that I received and the comments were saying, “You are next. We will do this and that to you,” and they were very explicit in their description. In the beginning, I couldn’t understand.
            How can you be a Muslim, but then excuse raping women? But then I understood, after reading message after message, that for them, it is part of Jihad to take sex slaves. They believe that women represent honor. They think, “If I rape your women, then I take your honor away.”
            This is what I understood, because they were telling me that in their messages, “I will do this and that to you.” I thought, “What do you get out of this? How can you hate me? How does that make sense”? But then I understood from their context, they believe that they will take your honor by doing that and break you spiritually and mentally. It’s a very barbaric and monstrous ideology. That’s just the sad reality of it.”

            Ms. Idan:
            “For example, when the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] attacks Gaza, they throw out pamphlets. They tell the people, “Leave this area.” They say on loudspeakers, “Leave this area.” They always give them time to leave. But we’ve also listened to recordings of people from Gaza telling the IDF that Hamas would not let them leave. They were being held there.
            It’s a really sad situation. At the same time, I can see why Israel had to go to war. They cannot just keep quiet, and they cannot just allow Hamas to bomb them every week with thousands of rockets, because the world doesn’t want to see Israel go to war with Gaza.
            There is an outrage, but the outrage is misplaced. Instead of directing your outrage against Israel, who is trying to rid the world of Hamas and these evil people who are oppressing and hurting not only Israelis, but also Gazans, you need to direct your anger to Jordan and Egypt who are not allowing Gazans to come to their country. These are Arab Muslim countries. Why aren’t you demanding for Hamas to step down?
            When you keep showing solidarity for the people in Gaza and attacking Israel, that empowers Hamas. They know exactly what they are doing. They’re using their civilians. There was even an interview in Qatar of the main leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, saying, “Yes, we will sacrifice our women. We’ll sacrifice our children. We’ll sacrifice our blood to hold Israel accountable.” They don’t care about killing their own people.
            It’s a very tough situation. But then again, the same thing has happened over and over in history. When there is war, there are casualties of war. People need to look at this logically, and they need to look at the greater good, which is to remove Hamas from Gaza.
            This is not about the displacement of Gazans like many fake activists and many corrupted Arab news media are claiming. It’s like Al Jazeera saying, “This is Netanyahu’s or Israel’s attempt to remove the Gazans, so they can take over Gaza.”
            Israel was never interested in Gaza. They gave Gaza back in 2005. But because of these constant attacks and the danger that is growing, they cannot keep living in fear just to please the world, so they have to eradicate them.
            Once Hamas is removed, then Gazans will go back to their homes. If Hamas doesn’t exist in Gaza, it will be even easier to get humanitarian and financial aid, because then many countries and organizations will know their money is not going to radical Islamists. It’s actually going to rebuild the city, and it’s actually going to the Palestinians.

            Miss Iraq on Seeing Through the Lies About Israel: Full interview with Sarah Idan
            The Epoch Times Nov-07-2023

            See also
            Ben Shapiro on Youtube is another good source on Hamas. Palestine and Israel history.

    • I am unaware of any slaughter of Pali women and children by Israelis. Do you have any facts to back up that statement?

      • Just what hamas has reported through the complicit media…….seems real trustworthy to me. Just like how they knew 500 people died in the hospital parking lot in roughly 15 minutes after it happened.

  • Not idiots at all!
    They are just reviving the Good Old Days when the USofT looked at Bin Laden as a Hero…
    So in fact today’s idiots are the ones that still pretend that Bin Laden had anything to do with the MOSSAD/CIA 9/11 Event!

  • I suspect the Tik Tokkers have always accepted the official establishment narrative that “they hate us because of our freedoms” because that’s the only viewpoint to which they’ve ever been exposed. Maybe reading BL’s letter now makes them feel as if the establishment has been pulling the wool over their eyes all this time. BL’s letter is very dangerous: it may cause these young readers to question the wisdom of engaging in violent foreign policy,
    if only because of the horrific blowback . That’s why BL’s letter has always been suppressed and has now been censored by Tik Tok and the Guardian (so far).

      • No, no. No mass-murdering terrorist is ever “correct”. (Just for the record, I condemn all terrorism.) I was trying to highlight the censorship issue. Whenever an act of mass killing occurs, everyone — law enforcement; psychologists; media; the public — seeks to know why the incident occurred. A perpetrator’s answer, regardless of what one may think of its merits, should not be censored. (One can observe this tug of war between censorship and transparency still playing out regarding the Nashville Christian elementary school shooting way back in March of this year, although some portions of the shooter’s manifesto have been leaked recently.)

  • Honestly, Daisy, what does this have to do with prepping? I could understand you writing about Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 as a possible scenario to prep about. But kids on TikTok say stupid things? And so what? Young kids say stupid things all the time, it’s called being young and inexperienced.

    Even if you find those stupid things to be unpatriotic as well, then what? Governments rise and fall. The American government will fall someday, and as a prepper, you have to contemplate the possibility that it could fall within your lifetime. What is your priority? Do you want to outlive the American government, or not? If you don’t want to, why don’t you say it upfront? If you do want to, then what is it to you if young kids say unpatriotic things?

    • Why do you come on here and criticize the content? You do this regularly.
      Take what you find useful and leave the rest. I’m sorry if you don’t understand why this is applicable to the state of society and the future.

    • Daisy is one reputable equal sided site I read so I don’t HAVE to watch the garbage & get overwhelmed with other stupid stuff. I’m grateful.

      I find her helpful & very informative. Boy, we are so uptight these days.

  • And germane to this article is the recent number of young Americans deciding to convert to Islam. They are posting about this online. So yes, young people have always tried out different identities, hair color, musical tastes, political views and so much more. But now some are not just venerating the horrific anti Western and antisemitic views of Bin Laden, Al Queda and Islamists but they are actually converting to Islam. Some of the terror attackers in the past few decades have been converts to Islam. And I suspect these kids don’t know that Islam will not allow anyone to leave Islam; doing so is punishable by death. Between the Islamists and the woke leftists, they are waging war on our children.

    • I just read an article about this. If you notice, I predicted it would happen in my own article. These young women don’t understand how incredibly dangerous it is to call themselves “queer Muslims.” This isn’t going to end well for them.h.

      • If a global intifada erupts to include here in the US, I wonder how differently will they feel as these jihadists attempt to enforce their laws on everyone else?
        Would American Muslims join in?
        Or being Americanized, stay out of it?
        I do not know.

        • @ First Marine

          Having seen how so many of the leftists here in the US including many blacks, BLM, LBGTQ groups, feminists etc have mostly thrown their lot in with Hamas and have turned on the leftist Jews who were their “allies”, I don’t doubt that many US Muslims, including the new converts, would support jihadists in an attempt to take over the US and impose sharia on us all. Having seen how things have gone here since Oct 7 and the appalling situation on many college campuses, I don’t doubt this in the least.

      • No, it’s pretty scary and they have no idea what they have taken on. In Israel there are Jewish run organizations that shelter young gay Arabs who are in danger of being killed by their fellow Muslims. Sometimes these young people get lured out to their old communities by their families and are murdered. Their families consider this an “honor killing “.

  • Most of the clips I saw looked scripted. They all expressed the same thoughs, most using the exact same words. I suspect none of them actually read the letter.

    Personally, I think it was a trial run by the Russian and/or Iranian supported organizations( that are intent on destroying the USA) to see what kind of reactions would occur.

    As for being upset with a particular, remember that they are recipients of the generations before them. They were not given a good education by those generations as school funding was cut, they were not taught civics, they were taught that making money and consumerism are what make one important.

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