Beer Monday: Omar Bin Laden Asks Pop To Change Ways

Good Monday! The start of a new work week. Time to get busy, get productive, shift a few paradigms. How ’bout a beer?


I kinda ignored the issue of Osama Bin Laden’s son Omar recently saying he wanted to be an emissary for peace. Quite frankly, it was a little hard to believe. It isn’t that I want to assign the sins of the father to the son, but, Omar has to prove it. It looks like he is taking a stab at it, though. From an interview with CNN (which you can watch there, as well)

Omar bin Laden has a message for his father, Osama: “Find another way.”

The son of the most-wanted man in the world spoke Sunday to CNN in a quiet, middle-class suburb about an hour outside Cairo, Egypt.

Omar, who works as a contractor, said he is talking publicly because he wants an end to the violence his father has inspired — violence that has killed innocent civilians in a spate of attacks around the world, including those of September 11, 2001.

“I try and say to my father: ‘Try to find another way to help or find your goal. This bomb, this weapons, it’s not good to use it for anybody,’ ” Omar said in English learned in recent months from his British wife.

Omar’s stand could be a good thing, if it is the real deal. Time will tell if he is serious about this. But, another statement of his sheds a little light on some more of his thinking, which is also something CNN glosses over….well, ignores in its write up of the interview

Speaking with CNN outside Cairo, Omar bin Laden, the fourth of 11 children born to Osama’s first wife, said his father was fulfilling a personal mission. When his father was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, Washington considered him a hero, he said.

“He believes this is his job — to help the people,” he said. “I don’t think my father is a terrorist because history tells you he’s not.”

When he was fighting the Soviets, it was within country. Now, he is trying to spread Islam to the rest of the world at the point of a sword. And, I guess I do not blame him for thinking that about his Dad, but, dear old pops is a terrorist. Period.

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