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By Michael Scheuer

September 11 nearly right away remade American politics and international coverage. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, water boarding and Guantanamo are examples of its profound and far-reaching results. yet regardless of its huge impact—and a deluge of books approximately al-Qaeda and Islamist terrorism—no one has written a significant review of the fellow who deliberate it, Osama bin encumbered. to be had biographies depict bin encumbered as an old determine, the mastermind at the back of Sept. 11, yet not correct to the area it created. those debts, Michael Scheuer strongly believes, have contributed to a common and unsafe denial of his carrying on with importance and tool.

In this e-book, Scheuer offers a much-needed corrective—a hard-headed, heavily reasoned portrait of bin weighted down, exhibiting him to be a determine of exceptional management talents, strategic genius, and enormous rhetorical talents. the 1st head of the CIA's bin weighted down Unit, the place he led the trouble to trace down bin weighted down, Scheuer attracts from a wealth of data approximately bin weighted down and his evolution from peaceable Saudi dissident to America's so much sought after. laying off mild on his improvement as a theologian, media manipulator, and paramilitary commander, Scheuer uses all of the speeches and interviews bin encumbered has given in addition to long interviews, testimony, and formerly untranslated records written by way of those that grew up with bin weighted down in Saudi Arabia, served as his bodyguards and drivers, and fought along him opposed to the Soviets. The bin encumbered who emerges from those debts is religious, gifted, sufferer, and ruthless; in different phrases, a really ambitious and implacable enemy of the West.

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The first is the quality of the education he received and the second is the manner in which he performed as a student. The portrayal of bin Laden as limited intellectually is key to the Saudi narrative discussed above. Most of what is known about Osama’s education and performance at al-Thagher comes from Peter L. Bergen’s indispensable book The Osama bin Laden I Know. Bergen interviewed Brian Fyfiled-Shayler, who taught English to Osama bin Laden at al-Thagher. ”56 He goes on to provide a sketch of Osama as a student whom it would be a mistake to write off as dim-witted.

Israel relationship dominates and distorts America’s domestic politics and endangers its national security. The result of the neoconservatives’ efforts is that since bin Laden declared war on America in 1996, our leaders and media have been duped (often willingly so) into fighting a nonexistent enemy—that is, a gang of would-be world dominators. S. intervention in the Muslim world, is growing in numbers and geographical reach. Ironically, the great medieval Arab O SAMA B I N LAD EN A S S UBJ ECT | 17 intellectual Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) discusses the process by which those he calls “opportunists”—a fair name for the neoconservatives— have come to manipulate troubled urbanized societies and dominate their policies.

That is the way the bin Ladens are,” Khalid al-Batarfi has said.  .  . [He tended to family and social activities in the evening] and at night he would be doing prayer. He would sleep and then wake up a few hours later and do more prayers. This is optional [for a Muslim]. 36 | O S A M A B IN L A D E N It’s just [Osama] following the example of the Prophet. ”80 Even Osama’s recreational activities had a hard, often dangerous edge to them. From his youngest days, he preferred volleyball, soccer, swimming, hunting, and other strenuous outdoor activities.

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