In his October 8 episode of "Real Time," host Bill Maher used a recent global warming quote from Osama Bin Laden to suggest that even the world's number one terrorist "gets" climate change while Republicans don't. But lost in the coverage of the comment is Maher's introduction of the quote:
He put out a tape last week, and uh there was nothing about violence or attacking America -- see Lindsay Lohan, people can change.
Maher went on to read Bin Laden's quote: "‘Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury -- the phenomenon is an actual fact. All the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear the responsibility for testimony global warming crisis.’”
Does Maher believe Bin Laden is turning the page and moving on to a new chapter in his life? Possibly. He later seems to suggest that Bin Laden was doing a favor to Pakistan, simply bringing media coverage to an area ignored by the world and decimated by flooding:
Let just say this: he made this statement because Pakistan – this really didn’t make the papers, but Pakistan had a giant flood this year. And it is the sixth biggest country in the world, and a fifth of it was underwater and 21 million people were displaced. And it was worse than the tsunami.
So is Bin Laden trading his bombs for benevolence? The news seems to suggest no. Just last week, Bin Laden's terrorist organization al Qaeda was found to be behind a plot to bomb cities in Europe that caused the U.S. to issue travel alerts and put European anti-terror agencies on guard.
Contrary to Maher's suggestion, then, Bin Laden doesn't appear to be embracing "change." Well, maybe climate change.