Who is Bin Laden?

I just finished reading a full interview with Osama Bin Laden from 1998. Though he has some crazy ideas about religion, bin_laden_12_27aholy war, etc… I found it a very interesting read. And especially since the full article is posted on the PBS website! I have highlighted the start of the article, so click through to read it in full. Much like Marilyn Mansion in the movie Bowling for Columbine, he seems well educated and well spoken.

… What is the meaning of your call for Muslims to take arms against America in particular, and what is the message that you wish to send to the West in general?

The call to wage war against America was made because America has spear-headed the crusade against the Islamic nation, sending tens of thousands of its troops to the land of the two Holy Mosques over and above its meddling in its affairs and its politics, and its support of the oppressive, corrupt and tyrannical regime that is in control. These are the reasons behind the singling out of America as a target. And not exempt of responsibility are those Western regimes whose presence in the region offers support to the American troops there. We know at least one reason behind the symbolic participation of the Western forces and that is to support the Jewish and Zionist plans for expansion of what is called the Great Israel. Surely, their presence is not out of concern over their interests in the region. … Their presence has no meaning save one and that is to offer support to the Jews in Palestine who are in need of their Christian brothers to achieve full control over the Arab Peninsula which they intend to make an important part of the so called Greater Israel. …

[From frontline: hunting bin laden: who is bin laden?: interview with osama bin laden (in may 1998) | PBS

After reading that, do you still feel the same about public enemy #1?

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