What was Osama Bin Laden Thinking?

Osama Bin Laden is popularly known as the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. For a country like the US, to be able to attack them and leave such a disaster behind, only a genius can achieve such. There is no use arguing the fact that Osama Bin Laden was a genius, unless you are in denial. The United States boasts of a military budget that’s more than that of some ten countries put together, they spend so much on intelligence and as such it had to be a properly thought-out plan, by a very intelligent, well-educated and filthy rich person, all of these qualities Osama Bin Laden possessed. With such level of education and exposure what made him the man he became? What exactly was in his mind?

Osama Bin Laden in a library.

Osama was born March 10, 1957, he was a Saudi-Arabian, born into the family of billionaire Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. He studied at a university in his country until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union. These were extremist and it was from this group he had his first exposure to extremism.

It is important to note that when a man has a belief especially a disciplined man he will go the extra mile for his beliefs. He believed that U.S foreign policy had oppressed, killed, or otherwise harmed Muslims in the Middle East. He also rejected the immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling and usury. Osama Bin Laden believed that the Islamic world was in crisis and that the complete restoration of Sharia low would be the only way to set things right in the Muslim world. He didn’t like the fact that western influence was all over the world he believed this influence was evil. The effects of the gulf war in the Arab word only made him more extreme, he saw all disaster all around him, and he got obsessed with wiping out the United States of America.

Another issue that dominated the way he saw things was he rejected the notion that Palestine could not be a state in the international system, he wanted the complete wiping out of the Jews and he also believed that the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Defense were controlled by Jews, for the sole purpose of serving the Israeli state’s goals. Osama did not like music and was also not too keen on technology apart from military technology.

Osama Bin Laden taking a walk.

Having beliefs is one of your fundamental human rights, but whatever beliefs you have you should not use to harm others and teach extremism. This was where Osama Bin Laden drew the line, there is a difference between having beliefs and making moves to follow your beliefs without considering the consequences.

Osama claimed to be enemies with great powers such as Russia and the United States, and to achieve his goals against these states he decided to lure them out into a long war of attrition in Muslim countries and he also attracted lots of Jihadists who were ready to fight and die for this beliefs. A man believes what he believes but the worst was Osama’s belief that civilians from enemy countries including women and children, were legitimate targets for jihadists to kill. This was just inhuman and it was the worst of his beliefs. He successfully killed a lot of innocent people both in the United States and the Arab world and the world breathe a sign of relief at his death on May 2, 2011.

God knows it did not cross our minds to attack the Towers, but after the situation became unbearable—and we witnessed the injustice and tyranny of the American-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine and Lebanon—I thought about it. And the events that affected me directly were that of 1982 and the events that followed—when America allowed the Israelis to invade Lebanon, helped by the U.S. Sixth Fleet. As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me punish the unjust the same way: to destroy towers in America so it could taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women.

— Osama bin Laden, 2004

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