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
Peter Bergen

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

May:07:2011 - 06:53 | Comments & Trackbacks (8) | Permalink
8 Responses to “Bin Laden Myths”
  1. 1
    Daisy Said:
    May:07:2011 - 21:41 

    Another myth or reality ? –

    Osama was the third Antichrist predicted by Nostradamus by cryptogram Mabus (decoded to Usma B – Osama is Usama in Arabic). Mabus is a King of terror acc to Nostradamus.

    Nostradamus said Mabus (Usma B) will be suddenly killed by the Black King (Obama?) after a 27 yrs of war (include Osama’s anti-Soviet war give or take a few years).

    In the same year, in December a great war will happen with a 100 nations fighting 3 kingdoms in the East (US and Allies vs Pakistan, China and Iran?) when the comet will run.

    Famines, great destruction and loss of human and animal lives will happen and the human civilisation will be no more.

    A comet is scheduled to enter the earth’s orbit in December this year. It has been spotted by the scientists through telescopes and will be visible through the naked eyes in December.

    I do hope it’s a myth. A nuclear world war III will wipe out the humanity.

  2. 2
    John Burgess Said:
    May:07:2011 - 23:39 

    A former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was Ray Mabus. He’s the current Secretary of the US Navy and the boss of the SEALS. How that for woo-woo?!

  3. 3
    Daisy Said:
    May:08:2011 - 00:14 

    No, the prediction has to match the events as they are unfolding and vice versa –

    Mabus is Terror King

    He wages approx 27 yrs war

    He gets killed by the Black King

    In the year Mabus is killed, a comet runs in December, followed by the destructive war between 100 nations vs 3 Eastern kingdoms (my guess of 3 countries in my 1st comment).

    Is there any other figure having a name similar to Mabus who matches these descriptions?

    I think not.

    the big questions are –

    are we headed towards a nuclear world war III?

    Is the tension between the US and Pakistan going to escalate so much that all nuclear powers of the world (except perhaps India) will be drawn into it?

    Is the US-Pakistan tension going to lead to Apocalypse, or will both of them manage to exercise restraint?

  4. 4
    Sparky Said:
    May:08:2011 - 00:53 

    Well being abounds. It really does!

    If it makes you or anyone else feel better, we will all be WORM food one day or possibly fish food if you prefer. HAHAHA

    So be Happy while you can :-) Be happy today. The sun shines on all of us.

  5. 5
    Jerry M Said:
    May:08:2011 - 09:25 

    The US never aided al Qaeda, but the US did provide aid the Pakistan during the 1980′s. Does anyone think al Qaeda would not have existed if the US didn’t give aid the Pakistan? So, in a roundabout way the US is partially responsible.

  6. 6
    John Burgess Said:
    May:08:2011 - 10:05 

    I think that’s too tenuous to claim a direct link. The Saudis matched US donations to the mujahadin, dollar for dollar, and their contributions went directly to the Arab forces. I think that’s far greater proximity. Pakistani ISI primarily supported the Afghan Taleban, who considered themselves Deobandi.

    Too, I think Al-Qaeda rose out of a noxious blend of Saudi Salafis, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and S. Asian Deobandism. Without all three, Al-Qaeda wouldn’t have been Al-Qaeda.

  7. 7
    Sandy Said:
    May:08:2011 - 12:35 

    I don’t think it’s either a “true” or “not true” kind of thing. The fact that Saudi spent the same amount of money- doesn’t make less the amount we spent. And the fact that we funnelled it through Pakistan- doesn’t make it not count. And the fact it went to the Taliban not the Arab Mujahideen, does not mean it had no impact on the “creation” of the circumstances leading to Al Qaeda. The Taleban created a safe haven for Al Qaeda and OBL. We had no business spending money to support religious extremism. I hope we’ve learned a lesson.

  8. 8
    Jerry M Said:
    May:09:2011 - 06:23 

    The US is blamed for everything that Israel does because we do provide aid. The US is blamed if US weapons are used, even if it the weapons were sold and not given away. The link to bin Laden is more tenuous but given the way people in the region judge things, it is easy to see why some blame the US for bin Laden and al Qaeda.

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