Posted: March 23rd, 2023
Osama bin Laden was born in 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was the founder of Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group that carried a major attack on the United States soil, famously known as the 9/11. The group has claimed responsibility for other attacks on other numerous assaults all over the World, especially in the US interests in foreign nations. Osama justified his actions based on the continued stay of the United States forces in the Middle East, which he had vehemently opposed. He vowed to continue attacking the US to force their soldiers to leave his country and other Middle East nations. Therefore, to understand the philosophy of Osama as related to war, it is imperative to discuss the reasons he became a terrorist and why he was obsessed with fighting America and its allies.
Osama Bin Laden became an international terrorist, jihad extremist who organized and executed terror attacks Worldwide. His father was a billionaire who owned construction companies in the Middle East (Scheuer 21). After his birth, Bin Laden’s parents divorced, and he went to live with his mother, who remarried again. Bin Laden claimed to have inherited about 25 million dollars from his billionaire father. He was a devout Sunni Muslim. After high school, he went King Abdulaziz University and took a course in economics and business. While in University, he memorized and interpreted the Quran (Miller, Vandome and McBrewster 6). Under those premises, it is evident that Bin Laden was a bright student in law and religious disciplines.
After college, Osama became a successful businessperson who had interests in machinery and construction industry. He then left for Pakistan, funded the Mujahideen fighters during the Soviet war (Scheuer 48). Subsequently, Mujahideen was also funded and provided with weapons by the United States. After fighting, the Soviets lost the war and withdrew from the country in 1989, and Osama returned Saudi Arabia a hero. The US branded him and his soldiers as Freedom Fighters. However, after the war was over, Osama was disappointed with the corrupt Saudi Arabia government and the heavy presence of the US soldiers. Osama publicly condemned the Saudi government, which failed to silence him (Miller, Vandome and McBrewster 21). He was banished from his country and went to South Sudan in 1992, where he continued to condemn the Saudi government.
While still in Sudan, Osama Bin Laden formed the Al-Qaeda terror organization, which comprised the soldiers he had met while fighting in Afghanistan. Their motive was to spread the Islamic law all over the world. In fact, the group funded, organized, and executed terror attacks worldwide. Osama blamed the United States for the evils committed in the Middle East and demanded that they leave. However, America did not oblige, and upon returning to Afghanistan after he was banished from Sudan, Osama declared war against the United States (Scheuer 53). He wanted the U.S soldiers to leave the Middle East and stop interfering in their affairs.
Osama planned and executed attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania, which left hundreds dead. After the attacks, the FBI placed Osama in the top ten most wanted persons. Even after these attacks, the United States did not leave the Middle East, and in 2001, Osama attacked the United States. Through his men, he could hijack commercial planes; two of them crashed into the Twin Towers, and the third aircraft crashed into the Pentagon, an attack that left more than 3000 people dead (Woolf 12). He was doing this to compel the US soldiers to leave the Middle East. Osama bin Laden went into hiding after President George Bush launched a manhunt. However, in May 2011, President Barrack Obama confirmed that the US Special Forces had killed Osama in Pakistan, and his body was buried at sea.
Osama Bin Laden was obsessed with attacking the United States, its interests in foreign countries, and the oil producing nations to anger the public and pressure the US to compel its forces to leave the Middle East. Osama was agitated after the Saudi Arabian government failed to recognize his efforts in the war against the Soviets. Instead, much credit was given to the United States forces, and they were allowed to stay in the Middle East nations, especially in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. The continued stay of the American forces made Osama form a terrorist group that focused on attacking the United States to force them to leave the Middle East (Mockaitis 103). He believed the United States had encouraged chaos in the Middle East; therefore, Osama did not want them to stay in the area. He argued that the United States interfered with the operations of the Middle East nations.
However, his attacks did not yield much since the United States continued to dominate the place. In fact, the U.S. intensified the operations, which focused on capturing or killing him. The documents in his hideout in Pakistan proved that he was fixated on attacking America since the records indicated that he was pleading and pressuring the A-Qaeda affiliated groups to mend their rivalries and focus on fighting the Americans.
In conclusion, Osama was well educated, and he later became a successful businessperson who used his money to fund soldiers who were fighting against the Soviets. After the war was over and the Soviets were defeated, the Saudi Arabian government failed to recognize his efforts and allowed the United States to continue to stay and taking charge of the Saudi Arabian government. On the other hand, Osama Bin Laden was against their stay and claimed they were responsible for the evils committed in the Middle East. He accused the U.S. government of interfering in the Middle East affairs. In a bid to force the army to leave, he planned and executed attacks in the U.S. and its interests in foreign nations. However, his efforts were unsuccessful, as the US Special Forces killed him in May 2011 in Pakistan.
Miller Frederic, Vandome Agnes, and McBrewster. Osama Bin Laden: Childhood, Education and Personal life, Bin Laden Family, Belief and Ideology of Osama Bin Laden, September 11 Attacks. Alphascript Publishing, 2009.
Mockaitis, Thomas R. Osama Bin Laden: A Biography. Greenwood, 2010.
Scheuer Michael. Osama Bin Laden. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Woolf, Alex. Osama Bin Laden. Lerner Publications, 2004.
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