To condemn bin Laden for lacking the technical abilities of a millennial, however, is to misunderstand the significance of his message.
Indeed, bin Laden’s sermons, in which he addressed issues such as Palestinian liberation,
the US occupation of Iraq and the corruption of apostate governments
and regimes throughout South Asia, North Africa.
And the Middle East were always widely disseminated and effective at recruiting new members in al Qaeda.
It’s possible that his lack of technical expertise was a selling feature.
Osama bin Laden became a cult figure among the “Arab Afghans” who fought to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan.
In the 1980s due to his reputation for forsaking creature comforts despite inheriting millions of money and his persistent dedication to jihad and al Qaeda.
In 9/11, his reputation was established, and it only became stronger after he was driven into hiding.
Bin Laden’s relative asceticism, which had run through his whole life, had always made him seem particularly dedicated to the jihadist cause.
Bin Laden often attempted to put problems in historical perspective, referring to colonial-era injustices such as the Sykes-Picot Agreement in his addresses to the worldwide Muslim community (or ummah).
His fatwas were effective in portraying local disputes in Muslim nations as linked and part of a larger battle between Islam and Western countries.
However, one of the major reasons why bin Laden’s political objectives remain important to current generations of jihadists is that they were narrow enough to arouse emotion, but wide enough to transcend news cycles.
The concerns raised by Bin Laden have yet to address.
Despite the fact that the US is reducing its military presence in the area (a trend that al Qaeda has already exploited in its propaganda).
Washington continues to back “apostate governments” in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
This strengthens bin Laden’s message and plays directly into the hands of those who exploit the frustrations of young Muslims who sympathize with terrorists.
Furthermore, as the recent confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians in May has begun.
Muslims from Mecca to Minnesota are concerned about Jerusalem and Israel’s colonization of Arab territories.
Al Qaeda can maintain Bin Laden’s legacy for future generations.
if it continues to use the enormous collection of bin Laden audiotapes, films, and lectures.
He’s already a social media celebrity, with a flood of fresh material dedicated to keeping his legacy relevant for future generations.
Given that al Qaeda now has between 30,000 and 40,000 members worldwide.
It appears clear that “the narrative that bin Laden crafted continues to resonate and inspire a new generation to take up arms in a war that he first declared 24 years ago, before many of these latest recruits were even born,” as Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware recently opined.
Osama bin Laden remains at the top of the jihadist pantheon for these new recruits
first among equals in the annals of al Qaeda mythology.
With the United States’ departure from Afghanistan, the nation may once again become al Qaeda’s main center of operations.
The group may view Afghanistan as a great chance to capitalize
on bin Laden’s reputation by recruiting foreign soldiers to join al Qaeda.
Bin Laden’s narrative started in Afghanistan, and Afghanistan was the staging ground for 9/11.
On the 20th anniversary of the assaults, the US departure will provide al Qaeda with a Hollywood-style propaganda triumph, motivating
and rallying new recruits to continue on bin Laden’s legacy in his original base of operations.