Robert Snyder's main argument in "Hating America: Bin Laden as a Civilizational Revolutionary" is that not only is all the literature written about September 11th confusing strategy and tactics but that people fail to look at Bin Laden as a revolutionary. The attacks against the United States on September 11th were in Snyder's view a tactic that was part of a much grander strategy. The actual attacks on the United States were a tactical maneuver designed to maximize destruction and kill as many westerners as possible. However there were much broader strategic motives behind the September 11th attacks, one of which was to alienate and weaken the moderate pro western Muslim states from the rest of the Islamic community. This point matters greatly when questioning why it matters if September 11th was a tactic or strategy because a tactic would have been a militant maneuver to achieve a direct attainable goal while a strategy would have greater planned goals using tactics as a means to an end. A plan to destroy the world trade center itself would be considered a tactic but Snyder argues that this was not the case. Although the destruction of the twin towers and the hit on the pentagon were the goals of the 19 hijackers they were not the sole goals of Bin Laden. These attacks were essentially a means to an end. Even though the attacks did do great harm to the United States not only in way of their destruction in full or partial to key landmarks and infrastructure but the attacks took thousands of civilian lives and hurt the morale of the American people as well. Surely Bin Laden knew that he would not be able to destroy the United States with one mighty blow and that these attacks would be the waking of a sleeping giant. So why would Bin Laden do this if he knew that the United States would use all its resources and military might to try and destroy him? Like Snyder I would argue that drawing the United States into a war was the strategy behind the planning of these...
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama Bin-Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden was born in the al-Maz district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 10, 1957. Bin-Laden father was Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden, was born into Yemen’s Kenda tribe around 1908, and his mother Allia Ghanem, she was from a largely secular middle-class Syrian family of Yemeni origin. Osama’s has fifty-two siblings: twenty-eight brothers and twenty-four sisters from his father and four sibling: three brothers and one sister from his mother. The siblings of Osama from his father are:
From mid 1940s to 1950:
Sons: Salem, Ali, Thabit, Mahrous, Hassan, Omar, Bakr, Khaled, Yeslam, Ghalib, Yahya, Abdulaziz, Issa, Tareq.
Daughters: Aysha, Fatima, Sheika, Su’add, Tayyeba, Wafa, Nour.
From 1951 to 1959:
Sons: Ahmad, Ibrahim, Shafiqi, Osama, Khalil, Saleh, Haider.
Daughters: Salma, Zeenat, Ruqqueiya, Randa, Zubaida, Najiah, Samiah, Muna, Saleha, Mariam, Fowaziyah, Raja, Huda, Seema.
From 1959 to 1967
Sons: Saad, Abdullah, Yasir, Mohammad.
Daughters: Raedah, Eman, Aetedal, Sahar, Iiham, Sana’a, Malak, Muneera.
From Osama mother:
Son: Ahad Mohammad, the rest are unknown and Daughter’s name is Fatima Mohammed al-Attas.
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama want to Al-Thagher Model School at the time the most prestigious high school, near...
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden lived from 1957 until his death in 2011. He was the founder of Al Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the attacks on the United States and numerous other mass casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. For many years he was public enemy number one, and the most wanted man in the world. He was a member of the wealthy SaudibinLaden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite. He was a very tall man who stood about 6’ 6”, and weighed approximately 160 pounds. He had an olive colored skin complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes, and for the most part always grew a long untrimmed beard.
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden also known as Osama binLaden, and Usama binLaden was born March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to his father Mohammed bin Awad binLaden, and his father’s tenth wife Syrian born Alia Ghanem. Osama was born into a very wealthy family, and was his father’s seventh of 50 children. His father was a billionaire construction businessman with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Osama was the only child born from his father’s marriage to Alia Ghanem. Shortly after his birth his parents divorced and Osama went...
...Usama binLaden and His Selection Of Terrorism
Usama binLaden, born in 1957, comes from a wealthy Saudi Arabian family that owns a multinational construction business. He used his inherited wealth to finance Afghan forces fighting the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980's. After the 1991 Gulf War, he was distressed that Saudi Arabia allowed U.S. forces to remain in the Arabian Peninsula. To advance his agenda of expelling the U.S. from the Islamic world, he worked with other anti-Western fundamentalists to organize a secretive, highly compartmentalized terrorist network, known as al-Qaida. It is through his upbringing, education, culture, and wars in Islamic countries, that Usama binLaden has sought to purge the Islamic world of the influences that he believes have corrupted and degraded it.
Usama binLaden was born in 1957 in Saudi Arabia. He was the seventeenth son of 51 children of Muhammad binLaden. His father was of Yemeni descent, and his mother was from Saudi Arabia. Usama's father was the dominant figure in the family, and Usama may have obtained his strong Islamic heritage from his father. "He had a tough discipline and observed all the children with strict religious and social code. He maintained a special daily program and obliged his children to follow."1 Over and above the...
...variations of bin Laden's name
Because there is no universally accepted standard in the West for transliterating Arabic words and names into English, bin Laden's name is transliterated in many ways. The version often used by most English-language mass media is Osama binLaden. Most American government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, use either "Usama binLaden" or "Usama bin Ladin", both of which are often abbreviated to UBL. Less common renderings include "Ussamah Bin Ladin" and "Oussama Ben Laden" (French-language mass media). The latter part of the name can also be found as "Binladen" or "Binladin".
Strictly speaking, Arabic linguistic conventions dictate that he be referred to as "Osama" or "Osama binLaden", not "binLaden," as "BinLaden" is not used as a surname in the Western manner, but simply as part of his name, which in its entirety means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of 'Awad, son of Laden". However, the binLaden family (or "Binladin", as they prefer to be known) do generally use the name as a surname in the Western style. Consequently "binLaden" has become nearly universal in Western references to him, Arabic convention notwithstanding.
...prominent. None of these are synonymous with good.
Osama BinLaden lives thousands of miles away, purportedly in a cave, and people are talking about him more than Hillary Clinton who is roaming the streets of New York and Washington D.C. quite publicly, trying to get attention. This is a woman who could be the first female president in U.S. history. Without a doubt then Osama BinLaden has a far-reaching hand, albeit it in a Darth Vader sort of way.
If you consider influential as a way of looking at whether or not a person is having or has had an impact on a group of people, BinLaden is an obvious choice. He may not impact a person directly, but we must consider the trickle down effect. Those in the military have certainly been touched, and by extension so have their immediate and extended families. The towns in which these families live are full of people who are impacted by the fact that these families live there. In 2003, Time Magazine's Person of the Year was the American Soldier. Would that have happened without BinLaden?
Osama BinLaden is the most influential person for 2006 because absolutely nothing in our lives is the same as it was the day before we heard his name. That describes a person who has had a profound influence. ...
Death of Osama binLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Death of Osama binLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
It is difficult to ascertain the existing information in relation to Osama bin Laden’s childhood since most sources of information about him are unreliable. Osama, as commonly referred, was born on 10th March, 1957 in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh (Amidon, 2011). Before forming Al-Qaeda in 1988, binLaden was a member of mujahedeen forces in Pakistan where he helped mujahedeen funding them with money, arms and fighters to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. As a leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama was motivated by a conviction that United State’s foreign policy oppressed, exploited, harmed or otherwise killed Muslims in the Middle East. To accomplish his own objectives, binLaden raged war against the Americans through initiating series of bombings and suicidal attacks the American citizens (Bowden, 2012). This lead the United States to declare war against Al-Qaeda and other global Islamist militia. May 1, 2011, the world witness the death of Osama binLaden, after the SEAL Team Six ambushed Osama’s residence in Abbottbad killing him on the Spot (Inkster, 2012). This paper provides three detailed explanations on effects of bin Laden’s death on...
...Osama binLaden Assassination
Terrorism is a problem that almost every country in the world has to deal with. The United States has had many terrorist attacks, whether directed towards the military, the government and its property, or people. The United States has dealt with this terrorism on many occasions. A terrorist is someone, often a leader of a group who causes intentional destruction and fear on another person, groups or society, disregarding the safety of the other persons for many times the perpetrators claim to carry out these malicious attacks religious, political or, ideological reasons.
On Thursday, October 12, 2000, while refueling at a port in Aden, Yemen, the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole was attacked by two suicide bombers navigating a small motorboat full of explosives. The explosion killed 17 crewmembers and wounded 39 others. The day of the bombing, U.S. President Bill Clinton said in a statement, “If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act.” The attack represented the first major international terrorist attack on a U.S. facility since the 1998 bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the USS Stark came under Iraqi attack in 1987.
On September 11, 2001 a horrific event took place that left a scar on the United States. Nineteen militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and...
...vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We can certainly blame the man behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama binLaden, but I think we can also blame ourselves. Almost a decade into the war in the Middle East, are we anywhere close to defeating the “war on terror”? Instead of a costly war, maybe the solution starts with us here at home and how we, as Americans, can defeat terrorism simply by taking our lives back.
So who is Osama binLaden and where did he come from? Like most Americans, I was unaware of who binLaden was until after 9/11. To the U.S. government, he was a well known figure who first emerged in1979 when he joined an Islamic resistance force to combat the Soviets during their invasion of Afghanistan. By 1990, BinLaden returned to his native Saudi Arabia as a hero and was credited for the Soviets withdrawal out of Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan had a profound impact on BinLaden. "In this jihad, the biggest benefit was the myth of the superpower was destroyed, not only in my mind, but in the minds of all Muslims," BinLaden said. Jihad, the word for struggle, is used by binLaden to mean holy war.” As the war drew to a close, the increasingly radical binLaden formed al Qaeda, or "the Base" in Arabic, an organization of...