Osama Bin Laden was wicked. Osama Bin Laden was feared. He was also, it turns out, kind of pathetic. Among the items American forces pulled out of the terrorist leader’s compound last week are videos of Bin Laden, wrapped in a blanket, watching himself on television. As ABCNews reports, the warlord is seen to be “a vain pathetic old man.” When I read this in the New York Times, I immediately thought of 1990s song “Mr. Jones” by the band Counting Crows: “When I look at the television, I want to see me staring right back at me.”
And what the old fox wanted to see was not just himself, but a younger version. American forces confirm that Bin Laden was dying his beard, to manage his image in order to appear more vibrant to his supporters around the world.
We shouldn’t really be surprised. The nature of evil, ultimately, is narcissism. And the end result of our narcissism is always evil. Sometimes that evil shows up in preening and boasting. Other times it shows up in the ease with which one takes offense. Sometimes that offense even morphs into a crusade or a jihad, around the world or in your office cubicle or church foyer. more >>
A church near Dublin, Ireland, was left red faced this week after an announcement for a Mass dedicated to Osama bin Laden was mistakenly sent out in its parish newsletter.
Residents of the small seaside town of Howth were taken aback to see the al-Qaida leader, shot dead by U.S. Navy SEALs last week, in the list of recently deceased to be remembered at the Parish Church of the Assumption this week.
The newsletter gave mention of two Masses that would be held for bin Laden on Thursday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. more >>
After deceiving his parishioners for five years, and the rest of the world for one day, the Rev. Jim Moats’ recently revealed that he was never a Navy SEAL.
Immediately after the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, the Navy SEALs rose to celebrity status. They had successfully raided bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed the world's most wanted terrorist. On the quest to reach out to a former Navy SEAL and find out more about their life, The Patriot-News, known for their interviews with veterans, wrote a story on Saturday on Rev. Jim Moats after hearing he had been a former SEAL.
The next day, Moats shamefully confessed his story was 100 percent fake. more >>
In the several days following Osama bin Laden’s demise at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs, teens and kids have been asking, “Who is Osama bin Laden?”
A Yahoo press release shows 66 percent of searches for basic information on bin Laden were by teenagers aged 13-17. Searches by teens also asked who killed bin Laden or how and why he died.
Days after announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at ground zero in New York City on Thursday in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
"What happened on Sunday, because of the courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence, sent a message around the world, but also sent a message here back home that when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say," he said.
Bin Laden was killed Sunday in a compound he was living in for some five years in Abbottabad, Pakistan. U.S. Navy SEALs descended on the compound in helicopters and raided the hideout, killing five people. more >>
The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion admitted on Thursday that he felt “very uncomfortable” with the killing of Osama bin Laden when he was unarmed.
Contrary to initial reports that bin Laden had engaged in a 40-minute gun fight with U.S. Navy Seals, it emerged on Wednesday that the al-Qaida leader had been unarmed when he was shot dead in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday.
Answering a question about the killing at a press briefing, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams also criticized conflicting reports coming from the White House about the events surrounding bin Laden’s death. more >>