We don’t hear much from al-Qaeda these days. Our terror views have effectively shifted to the much more attention-seeking ISIS threat in the Middle East and abroad. However, in an effort to get back our gaze, al-Qaeda member and son of deceased leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza, released a speech that recommitted the organizations cause, called “We Are All Osama”.
The video was released on July 11th via the As-Sahab network and inside the young bin Laden, now believed to be around 24 or 25, states that Americans will be held accountable for his father’s death, effectively raising the potential terror threat for our country.
“We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression,” said the young Hamza bin Laden.
He continued on to reference the specific way his father was killed during the raid on the compound in Pakistan by United States Special Forces, stating that it was a sin and it will be punished.
So what does that mean for us?
Probably not much, at least right now. Al-Qaeda is currently run by Ayman al-Zawahri, who inherited it in 2011. Al-Zawahri is a preacher, but not much of a doer. While well known in Islamic circles, he doesn’t have much focus on the international stage. That is something that a young bin Laden could fill. It is believed by homeland security analysts that the newly minted young bin Laden may now be angling himself for the leadership role that his father once held.
While al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for several attacks since Osama bin laden’s death, they have mostly been set in Iraq and on the Arabian peninsula. Compared to ISIS, this terrorist group is practically old news to the United States, and that is what makes a potential shift in leadership so dangerous.
If the young Hamza bin Laden does take over his father’s old role in leadership, he is not only hungry for revenge, but likely eager to prove himself in the shade of his father’s shadow. While it is unlikely he will blow himself up, it is likely that he may send others to do his dirty work. This, with any luck, will be thwarted by United States security, but it is likely that Hamza will attempt something large to get our nation’s attention like the September 2001 attacks.
Fortunately, that is only if he takes a leadership role. As of now, this “prodigal son” is nothing more than an upstart and not likely to be taken seriously. This buys us time, but not forever. Reputation can be built quickly, and hopefully no American lives abroad will be lost in the process. While it is likely that al-Qaeda will die out before Hamza bin Laden can build a following, if we let this go unchecked, we could be looking at a whole new terror threat in just a few short years.
Yet, while Hamza bin Laden has the public eye now, he is sadly not the only terrorist threat out there. America is constantly targeted from outside and within, and there is little that our government can do to stop it. The only person we can really rely on to protect our family is ourselves, so whether it is preparing for another bin Laden or the next outbreak of civil unrest, you better be prepared. Contact us today to learn how a membership with the Survival Association can outfit you with the best in survival and preparedness gear, emergency supplies, and long-term food availability.
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