Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Profile Of Bin Laden From 20 Years Ago That Is Spectacularly Wrong

This Mind-Boggling Profile Of Osama Bin Laden Came Out Exactly 20 Years Ago Today -- Michael Kelley and Geoffrey Ingersoll, Business Insider

This article from Dec. 6, 1993, by Robert Fisk of The Independent, titled, "Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace," is stunning to consider 20 years later.

Osama bin Laden, fresh off the US-backed mujahadin's victory over Russia in 1989, flew his men, materials and money down to Sudan, ostensibly to start public works projects.

When asked if they were militant training camps, the "Saudi entrepreneur" and future leader of al Qaeda told Fisk: "I am a construction engineer and an agriculturalist. If I had training camps here in Sudan, I couldn't possibly do this job."

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My Comment: Robert Fisk is The Independent's most respected journalist in the Middle East .... and has been for years. Man-oh-man was he ever wrong in this profile.


Orion said...

Robert Fisk is also the man who is known for writing such massively, hilariously wrong posts that his name has become a verb - to Fisk a post means to tear it apart line by line by line.

Also synonymous with 'Epic Fail'.

The man is a hard-core Anti-West (ESPECIALLY Anti-American) comic. Excuse me, I mean 'journalist'.


War News Updates Editor said...

I concur Orion. I have never been a fan of Robert Fisk. But like I said .... he choose to ignore what Bin Laden stood for.