Monday 27 March 2017

Policies are playing right into Bin Laden's hands

Obama's Guantanamo plans are fuelling radical fire, writes Johann Hari

In this file image, detainees kneel in a holding area, at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following the failed attack in Detroit last Christmas, the wannabe-murderer named Guantanamo as the reason he signed up for the jihad
In this file image, detainees kneel in a holding area, at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following the failed attack in Detroit last Christmas, the wannabe-murderer named Guantanamo as the reason he signed up for the jihad

Osama bin Laden's favourite son, Omar, recently abandoned his father's cave in favour of spending his time dancing in the nightclubs of Damascus, Syria.

The tang of freedom almost always trumps Islamist fanaticism in the end: three million people abandoned the Puritan hell of Taliban Afghanistan for freer countries, while only a few thousand faith-addled fanatics ever travelled the other way. Bin Laden's vision can't even inspire his own kids. But Omar bin Laden says his father is banking on one thing to shore up his flailing, failing cause -- and the Western world is giving it to him.

The day George W Bush was elected, Omar says, "my father was so happy. This is the kind of president he needs -- one who will attack and spend money and break (his own) country".

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