The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a batch of 100+ documents this week relating to Osama bin Laden, including a handwritten will that specified that the majority of his money should go to furthering Al Qaeda’s jihadist cause. The documents were taken from the terrorist’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan following the raid that ended in Bin Laden’s 2011 death.
From the look of letters recovered from the compound, Bin Laden appeared to know that his luck was not going to hold out forever. In a 2008 letter to his father, he said, “If I am to be killed, pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the permanent home.”
That is itself an interesting bit of insight, perhaps indicating a prescience of guilt on Bin Laden’s part. You’d think that if he truly believed in his murderous cause, he would assume his place in Heaven was assured. Then again, maybe he thought he hadn’t killed enough innocent people to warrant the 72 virgins and all the rest of the nonsense these terrorists buy into. It may be an exercise in futility to delve into the psychology of one of the worst human beings to ever walk the earth.
In another letter, he encouraged his followers to hang tough in the face of the military onslaught in Afghanistan. “America appears to be hanging on by a thin thread,” he wrote. “We need to be patient a bit longer. With patience, there is victory!”
Bin Laden also celebrated Libya’s Arab Spring revolution, which saw Moammar Gadhafi forced out of power and killed. In 2011, Bin Laden said, “Praise God, who made Al Qaeda a great vexation upon [Gadhafi], squatting on his chest, enraging and embittering him, and who made Al Qaeda a torment and exemplary punishment upon him, this truly vile hallucinating individual who troubles us in front of the world!”
Say, if it’s fair for Hillary Clinton to suggest that Donald Trump is a recruiting tool for terrorists, is it fair to mention that her and Obama were carrying out the will of Al Qaeda by supporting the rebellion?
The documents come at a time when Americans seem to have, once again, forgotten that there is such a thing as the Islamic State. Perhaps with Bin Laden’s name in the news again, we can talk a little less about the size of people’s hands and the quality of their spray tans and a little more about defeating Islamic terrorism.