Osama Bin Laden Research Paper

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Osama Bin Laden Monstrosity Each person has an individual conceptualization of what exactly evil is. As children, people are taught that monsters and super-villains are the epitome of evil, and that the darkness should be feared because that is where they hide. The saying goes, “watch out for things that go bump in the night”, suggesting that the unexplained noises at night should frighten us. As children grow older they are taught to be wary of new threats and they begin to view monsters in a different light. It is no longer a monster in a closest that keeps people on edge at night, but rather stories of serial killers, malicious rapists, and savage terrorists. At some point in their lives, people come to the reality that monsters do not…show more content…
Osama bin Laden was born on March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a place similar to where many EKU students hail from. His father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, was a billionaire construction entrepreneur and had close connections to the Saudi royal family. Bin Laden was raised as a devout Sunni Muslim, current estimates project that Sunni Muslims occupy 87-90% of the entire world Muslim population. Sunni Islam is regarded as “orthodox Islam”, this particular denomination is also the world’s largest, followed by Roman Catholicism. Sunni Muslims believe that the prophet Muhammad’s first religious successor was his father-in-law, rather than his son-in-law. Osama bin Laden went on to study at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In his studies, he focused on Islam and began involving himself in interpreting the Quran and doing charitable work. At first glance, Osama bin Laden appeared to be nothing more than a dedicated Sunnite, perhaps on a path similar to that of an average young American…show more content…
From an American perspective, Osama bin Laden is a radical Islamist monster responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. This may be true, but from a jihad perspective, Osama bin Laden can be seen as a hero who was martyred while fighting for his faith. People fear things they do not understand, ignorance and bliss and everyone would like to believe that their personal path and beliefs are inherently “good” or “right”. Islam, communism, they are just ideas, and as “un-American” as they may be this does not constitute evil. Killing innocent people is evil, and the US is just as guilty as anyone for this, the only difference is how people feel they can justify the actions. The United launched a War on Terror, no nameable adversary other than terror. Bin Laden organized his attack to punish the unjust, in his eyes, America was the evil one. He witnessed the American-Israeli alliance first-hand and saw them invade, destroy, and kill his
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