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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Document Based Assignment 2 On September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked our country causing one of the most devastating events in United States history. Islamic extremists seized control of four airplanes, crashing two of them into the Twin Towers, one into the Pentagon, and the last in Pennsylvania. Overall they killed 3,000 people and another 6,000 were terribly injured.9/11 is a day the U.S. will never forget, paying respect every year to all those who sadly died. There are many clues leading up to this incident showing Osama Bin Laden’s hatred towards the U.S. and the Americans reaction to him.
These creatures can have their origin in the supernatural realm or come about through ominous scientific experiments, often times the two are very hard to differentiate(cf. Hurley 192). A popular reading of this trope is the notion of repressed anxieties and desires manifesting themselves in the form of monsters (cf. Dryden 20, cf. Halberstam 9).
After September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden’s name was spread worldwide like a deadly disease. Bin Laden, leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda, organized and hijacked four planes destined for the US. Over 3,000 lives were taken, during a terrorist attack when 19 of the group’s militants bombed the Pentagon and World Trade Center in New York City. Approximately 400 of this number police officers or firefighters, and an additional 10,000 injuries occurred, many severe. On May 1, 2011, when Bin Laden was shot and killed, the question arose: which devastated the United States more, the 9/11 attack or the decade long, costly search for their terrorist?
Very few individuals in the world have had the same impact as Osama Bin Laden. This man has changed the face of global security and immigration policies. And just like any popular person, he too, has many myths and misconceptions surrounding him. As dramatic as Osama Bin Laden’s death was, his life has been equally mysterious. Many people say he was already dying due to a kidney disease, while many say that he was a raunchy teenager in Beirut before he became a fanatic.
America is at war with terror and they are on American ground which was shown to us in the Oklahoma City Bombing although he was American raised he stilled turned on America and makes us question our
To answer the question of “Who is the monster?” when talking about “War of the worlds” and “Monsters”, one must understand what a monster is. A monster is not simply a creature so ugly or monstrous it frightens people, it can also be defined as a person or thing who excites horror by wickedness or cruelty. This second definition establishes that we, humans, can be classed as a monster even if we do not fit the stereotypical description of what a monster looks like. This question is an important
What makes a monster truly terrifying? Is it the monsters ability to make you feel helpless against a seemingly unstoppable force and creating a sense of isolation? Giving you that fear that can only be obtained when your life is put in danger. Building on your fear and slowly turning it into paranoia to the point where you’re not sure what is safe or not and ultimately leads to you being truly alone. The best example of this isolated horror is from the cult classic 1982 film, John Carpenter’s “The Thing.”
Real Life Monsters Between stories and real life, both worlds are the same, Evil seems to be a big factor on stories, but they usually have a happy ending. Well the only difference about our world itself, not everyone is so lucky. Grendel, a monster who is as cold as ice who terrorized the town by killing and destroying everything in his path . Gary Ridgway a serial killer would lure his victims in by getting there trust and making it seem like he cared in which he didn’t.
The fear felt for monsters and ultimately connected to desire. Jeffery Cohen has a clear opinion of this. “We distrust and loathe the monster at the same time we envy its freedom, and perhaps its sublime despair.” They are both terrifying and the heart of fantasies. This accounts for the monster’s popularity.
All though, many people would say Osama Bin Laden was more then a terrorist, he was a menace who changed the future in security and safety world. During 1988, Osama founded the now known terrorist organization called Al-Qaeda. He influenced people to fight for his cause, in which he stated was for the safety of his home. However, August 23rd,
From an early age, Gaddafi grew to resent the Westerners (Italians) who occupied Libya and killed his grandfather. Gaddafi was taught the religion of Islam from a young age, and became a devout Muslim. (Latson 1) Gaddafi eventually joined the military after he dropped out of college, and learned English in Britain. During the 50’s and 60’s, a man named King Idris ruled over Libya. He became increasingly unpopular with the public, and the breaking point of his reign was when a rebel group led by Gaddafi overthrew
Friedrich Nietzsche, a prominent leader in the existentialist and postmodern movement, once stated, “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.” Stereotypically, monsters are viewed as the foil to humanity, devoid of reason, compassion, and the gentle nature of humans. Contrary, humans are often portrayed as valiant and reasonable beings, who protect kin and society from evils. Nevertheless, there is only a small difference between the two sides, and they are brought into continued interaction with each other. In these interactions, by challenging the physical and psychological processes of human nature, “monsters” are able to test conventional understandings of humans, forcing them to choose between keeping
This photo shows Osama bin Laden, before he was killed by the US. The news of Osama bin Laden’s death greatly upset al-Qaeda, and they swore to avenge the death of their leader. The US received many threats from the terrorist group but there were no more attacks following his death. Once bin Laden was dead, the US could focus more of their money and resources as well as their time on other attempts to combat terrorism.