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  • Posted March 8, 2011

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    Size up Osama Bin Laden as Abraham Lincoln did Jefferson Davis

    Among the theses presented and defended by Michael Scheuer in his 2011 biography OSAMA BIN LADEN, three stand out: (1) Osama bin Laden has lured the USA into fighting his war on his turf (Afghanistan) on his terms; (2) At relatively low cost to himself and the al Qaeda organization he founded and leads, Osama has driven the USA to the edge of bankruptcy and so stretched its armed forces and intelligence apparatus as to ruin their flexibility; and (3) his opponents haven't a clue what makes him tick. ... What makes Obama tick? His growing up as a poster boy of Saudi Arabian education throungh university in Jiddah, his admiration for and emulation of his hard-working, pious father Muhammad bin Ladan, his ability to overcome widespread Muslim and Arab stereotypes of Saudis as lazy, devious, untrustworthy, cowardly human beings, his deep-seated sincere, orthodox devotion to Sunni Islam. And, oh, by the way, none of this is a mystery. Like Hitler in MEIN KAMPF, Osama bin Laden, long before the attacks on US soil of 9/11/2001 told the world what he was about. ... Scheuer paints Osama as a "Salafi defensive Jihadist." That is, religiously, Osama is a "strict constructionist Muslim" who applies to any infidel power occupying any lands once held by Muslims the dying words of the Prophet Mohammad: drive the infidels out of Arabia! In August 1996 he publicly declared war on the United States and has launched several devastating attacks against her. It is not only necessary to drive the United States, its bases, its armed forces, out of the land of the Faithful (defensive jihad), it is the personal religious duty of every Muslim to help make that happen. And then the USA must stop propping up through its funding and international support such evil occupiers as Israel, but also corrupt ostensibly Muslim rulers such as the Saudi ruling family. ... To fight such an intelligent, resourceful, patient antagonist, the USA must first understand him. Michael Scheuer tells us how. In his State of the Union message to Congress, December 3, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln said of Confederate President Jefferson Davis: "... no attempt to negotiate with the insurgent leader could result in any good. ... He does not attempt to deceive us. He affords us no excuse to deceive ourselves. He cannot voluntarily reaccept the Union; we cannot voluntarily yield it. ... If we yield we are beaten; if the Southern people fail him he is beaten. Either way, it would be the victory or defeat following war" (Epilogue). ... Paraphrasing Lincoln and comparing Union v. Confederacy with USA v. Osama, Scheuer concludes his narrative thus: "... if Muslims fail bin Laden, then he is beaten. We should work to make that happen. However, most of the assumptions we have about bin Laden ... are dead wrong. He affords us no excuse to deceive ourselves" (Preface). -OOO-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2015

    H-h-halo? Is anyone there?

    My names Osama Bin laden and my brother is Obama bin laden
    Wel<br>-cum <br>to 9/11 bi<_>tches!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Michael looks like another author, Mort Stump. Wonder if it is t

    Michael looks like another author, Mort Stump. Wonder if it is the same person?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Certainly one of the best book about sheikh osama

    If history ever had the ability to write it self down then things might have been different. Sadly honest historians are hard to find. But then again great people dont require honest historians to be recognized as great.

    The so called leaders of the so called great democracies need of indulge in self praising narcissistic charades on national television to feel "great". They need media empires with 24/7 non stop lies to feel at the top of the world. Where infact they are the bottom of all morality and humanity. The oppressed shall prevail.

    The truth shall set you free.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    An engrossing, provocative, disturbing report on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden

    Osama bin Laden's jihad against the West continued years after September 11, 2001. While he remained a fugitive, his ideas and his al-Qaeda cells flourished despite global opposition and a relentless manhunt. Now that he is dead, how much continuing influence will his legacy have? Apparently, his machinations still threaten the US, the West, Israel, Christians in Arab lands, Jews, some Muslims and Arab efforts at building democracies. Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA's bin Laden desk from 1996 to 1999, eloquently explains that defeating al-Qaeda requires understanding jihad's history and deadly goals, like driving "infidels" out of Arab lands. Scheuer deeply criticizes US actions and policy - often controversially - but his analysis is engrossing, as is his informed, historical perspective on bin Laden, a lethally skilled leader who murdered ruthlessly in pursuit of his political and theological goals. While the opinions in this provocative, disturbing book are entirely the author's, getAbstract recommends this revealing, fully annotated work as a valuable reference, whatever your politics (for readers may well be throwing things before Scheuer is done, enraged by his criticisms or, depending on their views, by policymakers' decisions). Little did he know that two months after his book's publication, the US Navy would slide Osama bin Laden's dead body into the trackless sea - where the dark ripples still circle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Simplistic

    Held in such high esteem by so many others. I found this book lacking in many areas. If this is the best mind that the CIA had working on the cause of capturing Osama Bin Ladden, then this is perhaps why it took 10 years to capture and kill him. Better books out there on Osama Bin Laden, including the Looming Tower.

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