August 25, 2010

Who is Osama Bin Laden?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:37 am by lbrosch

Growing Up Bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World by Najwa Bin Laden, Omar Bin Laden and Jean Sasson (2009). What an eye opener!! It would appear that Osama was a very loving husband and devoted father in his early years but was overcome by his loss of position with the Saudi government and began to blame all Western culture for his failings, particularly Americans. There is a great deal of insight into how his hatred was formed as witnessed by his son Omar. His family has suffered as much as those in the Western world from the prejudices and misinformation that plagues all Muslims. This book should be read by all to inform how such a madman could rise up from humble beginnings. This story puts a human face on the media blur surrounding Osama bin Laden. It is also the story of a wife’s devotion to her Islamic religious beliefs and thus her faith and trust in a husband that would prove to be totally destructive to both society and his family. Only because she finally found her son Omar to be more truthful than her husband did she make a personal choice to be safe and free. This story gave insight into how many people can be brainwashed by their religious views and their own inability to accept the advice and viewpoints of others. This was what began Osama’s deterioration into violent Jihad and the loss of emotional attachments for even his family. He cast off his own sons in the face of his all consuming war on Western influences.


1 Comment »

  1. Jean Sasson said,

    Hi… This is Jean Sasson, the writer of Omar and Najwa’s life story. I was constantly amazed during the interview process. Who knew that Osama Binladin would be so JOYLESS and would extend that emotion to his entire family? I was also so impressed with his son Omar who was the only person surrounding Osama brave enough to stand up to his father. There’s still lots going on with the family with various members contacting Najwa/Omar, relatives that seemed to have disappeared, but instead were in Iran, of all places! It’s impossible to write a life story without becoming very attached to those I have written about, and I feel that this family will always be in my life, as are the other heroines I have written about. Thanks for your very intelligent “review.” All best wishes, Jean

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