A day will undoubtedly come when
Princip was a powerless radicalized schoolboy. Osama was a rich member of a powerful family. Each of them changed -- or terminated -- the lives of millions of people, as well as changing many of us still alive, and members of generations yet unborn. The two did so with the unwitting collaboration of Western political leaders who contributed arrogant violence to violence, believing that the future belonged to them, not to insignificant fanatics. The fanatics have had the last laugh.
Bin Laden was a Saudi-Arabian nationalist of Yemeni family origin, born in 1957, his father's 17th child. His father divorced his mother, and Osama was brought up with the children of her second husband. The bin Laden family is rich thanks to the father's construction business, favored by the Saudi Arabian monarchy, and that is today a multinational conglomerate. Osama was educated in private schools in
In 1979, he joined the supporters of the
At the time of Desert Storm, the U.S.-led coalition war that freed
These experiences were prelude to the sensationally successful al-Qaida attacks on the
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