Osama bin Who?

I don’t much like covering death, but seeing how “America’s greatest enemy” (which is kinda sad, that it was some bearded dude living in the suburbs) was finally taken out this past weekend, I thought I’d share some links…

Yahoo’s search blog has reported that 66% of searches for “who is osama bin laden?” come from teens aged 13-17. I guess they’ve missed the memo.

There is an interesting post over on Informed Comment with a quick history of al-Qaeda and “Usama” bin Laden. Very interesting read about what was motivating the group and how the democratic movements around the Arab world will do much more to stop them than killing bin Laden.

They were all dictatorships– the Soviet Union, the Communist government of Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Sudan, and the Taliban. Usama learned to take the law into his own hands because he had no other way to effect change. He wanted to see the region’s dictatorship overthrown in favor of his renewed Islamic Caliphate. It was a crackpot, fringe, pipe dream, but he brought to the aspiration all the experiences and training he and his men had learned during the Reagan Jihad against the Soviets. Then he and his number two man, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, came to the conclusion that the reason they could not overthrow the governments of Egypt (Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship) and Saudi Arabia and so forth was that these were backed by the United States. They decided it had been a mistake to hit the “near enemy” first. They decided to hit the “far enemy” on American soil. Bin Laden thought that if only he could entice the US into the Middle East, he could do to it what he thought he had done to the Soviet Union.

Hence the horrific attacks on the US of September 11, 2001.

Go read the rest of that. Very interesting.