The Washington Post has a useful piece discussing the five great myths that have grown around Usama bin Laden, myths that color both professional reporting and ‘citizen journalism’ in the form of blogs and social media. Read the article to find the details, about which I have no argument. Below, I’ve only highlighted the topics…
Five myths about Osama bin Laden
Few individuals in recent history have exerted greater influence on world events than Osama bin Laden — and even fewer have inspired as much mythology. From the origins of the al-Qaeda terrorist network to the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, to the manhunt that came to an end with such drama last Sunday, bin Laden’s life has been shrouded in mysteries and misconceptions.
1. The CIA created Osama bin Laden
2. Bin Laden attacked us because of our freedoms
3. Al-Qaeda’s ideology has nothing to do with Islam
4. Ayman al-Zawahiri, not bin Laden, is the real brains of al-Qaeda
5. Bin Laden’s death is symbolically important but irrelevant to the war on terror