Who would of thunk he was only a troubled youth?!?! Coll claims the West mistakenly portrays him as as a "incarnation of evil" but he really isn't. Tell that to the 9/11 victims families and the untold number who have died and are dying because of this "troubled youth".
LONDON (Reuters)Coll went on to say this:
A new book looks at Osama bin Laden through the prism of his family, and suggests that the death of his extrovert playboy brother Salem in a 1988 plane crash was an important factor in his radicalization.
"The Bin Ladens," by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll, traces the family's rise to prominence in Saudi society through the 20th century and how its fate, and that of Osama in particular, was inextricably linked with the royal family's.
By putting Osama's life in the context of his 53 globe trotting brothers and sisters and the upheavals facing Saudi Arabia, Coll seeks to dispel some of the myths surrounding a man often portrayed in the West as an incarnation of evil.[emphasis mine]
"I met so many friends of Salem who, without prompting, said if he had lived, 9/11 would not have happened, and you can see their case," Coll explained in an interview with Reuters.9/11 would "not have happened"? I call BS
Cross-posted at MPJ