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Inside the Campaign to Terrorize America
Who is Osama bin Laden--the only terrorist leader ever to have declared a holy war against America? What drives him and those he leads to hate a West that helped enrich and arm them? Bin Ladens name has been linked to a number of incidents that have cost Americans their lives, including the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and the destruction of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Now, he is linked to the recent catastrophic assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Here is a comprehensive account of the rise of bin Laden. In meticulous detail, world-renowned terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky uncovers the events in bin Ladens life that turned the once-promising engineering student into a cold-blooded leader of radical Islam. In the process, Bodansky reveals a chilling story that is as current as todays headlines but as ancient as the Crusades--a story that transcends bin Laden and any other single man. This book is a sobering wake-up call.
NOW IN HIS MID-FORTIES, a university graduate with computer skills, Osama bin
Laden lives with his four wives and some fifteen children in a small cave in
eastern Afghanistan. They have no running water and only a rudimentary heating
system against the extreme cold of winter. Bin Laden is always on guard against
assassins, commando raids, and air strikes. Had he followed the path chosen for
him by his father, bin Laden could have been a respected building contractor in
Saudi Arabia and a billionaire in his own right. Instead he freely elected to
abandon the life of affluence and commit himself to waging a jihad under
extremely harsh conditions.
Osama bin Laden is not the only Islamist who has abandoned a good career and comfortable lifestyle in order to wage a jihad. Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri -- bin Laden's right-hand man -- now in his late forties, could have been one of Egypt's leading pediatricians but gave up a promising career and affluence to fight the Egyptian...
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