On September 11, 2001, Americans woke up literally and figuratively to the realities of terrorism. To many, a terrorist attack was something that they only saw on the evening news. Never did anyone think of the deep impact that it would cause. Since the 9/11 attacks, things have changed. Prior to 9/11 did you even know that a Homeland Security Advisory System existed and that they were color coded?! Would you ever believe that strip searches would be a possibility when you boarded a flight to anywhere because you fit a certain “profile”? We, as Americans, have been asked to become more vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We can certainly blame the man behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, 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 bin Laden and where did he come from? Like most Americans, I was unaware of who bin Laden 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, Bin Laden 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 Bin Laden. "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," Bin Laden said. Jihad, the word for struggle, is used by bin Laden to mean holy war.” As the war drew to a close, the increasingly radical bin Laden formed al Qaeda, or "the Base" in Arabic, an organization of ex-mujahedeen and other supporters channeling fighters and funds to the Afghan resistance. (CNN). As fore mentioned, Bin Laden...
According to Scheuer Michael (1), OsamaBin-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...
...OsamaBinLadenOsamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden lived from 1957 until his death in 2011. He was the founder of AlQaeda, 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 Saudi binLaden 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.
Osamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden also known as OsamabinLaden, 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...
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...
...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 OsamabinLaden. Most American government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, use either "Usama binLaden" or "Usamabin 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 "OsamabinLaden", 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...
...The end of OsamabinLaden
Ever since the twin towers of World Trade Center collapsed in New York on September 11, 2001, United States of America was hot on the heels of OsamabinLaden, the founder and main source of inspiration of al-Qaida, the organization accused of carrying out that heinous attack. Osama was considered as the fountainhead of all terrorist activities across the world and western powers were sparing no efforts to track this elusive leader. There were numerous reports of sightings of binLaden but catching up on the world’s most notorious fugitive was becoming almost impossible. In fact, for quite some time, sightings of binLaden had become a joke, almost similar to the sightings of UFOs (Schabner, 2011).
But on May 1, 2011, nearly a full decade after the dastardly destruction of twin towers, the President of United States of America declared that binLaden was located in a fortress like house in Abbottabad, a garrison town in Pakistan, and killed in a commando operation. This operation had all the makings of a movie thriller and seemed fascinating in its use of latest technology and show of extreme personal courage by the commandos.
The whole operation was carried out by US personnel without any help from their Pakistani counterparts and it was sheer...
...synonymous with good.
OsamaBinLaden 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 OsamaBinLaden 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?
OsamaBinLaden 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 OsamabinLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Death of OsamabinLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
It is difficult to ascertain the existing information in relation to Osamabin 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 Osamabin...
...OsamaBinLaden; the mastermind of 9/11
December 21, 2012
OsamaBinLaden changed the world on September 11, 2012, when he orchestrated the 9/11 bombings on the World Trade Center in New York City. He has also formulated many other attacks including the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, and attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998 (Encyclopedia of World 1). OsamaBinLaden had a negative influence on societies, economies, and religion throughout the world because of his actions in masterminding many radical terrorist attacks, and because he created and funded al-Qaeda.
OsamaBinLaden had a dramatic effect not only on the society of the United States but also worldwide. These radical attacks have resulted in changes to the way society conducts business, travel, immigration, and most importantly, how people view and trust each other. Simply put, it has in many ways resulted in a drastic change to many people’s behaviour. The attacks of 9/11 resulted in increased security exponentially. After these attacks, airport security was amplified. Other security measures were implemented such as every time someone flies they are required to...