Monday, May 9, 2011
Osama bin Laden--Watching Himself on Television, Or...
The above picture is the one I have seen most often on news reports, on Osama bin Laden narcissistically watching himself on television, studying how he looks, what is being said about him, etc. Often, comment is made on the rickety state of the television and the room, and on Osama's aged, grey, hunched posture, huddled in a large old blanket.
A few questions come to mind.
Is that really Osama or is it one of those aged uncles many have, the one who drops in for a "visit", overstays, and is made comfortable, but not too comfortable?
Is this in his "cave in the mountains", or his million dollar compound/home in Abbottabad?
Is he really watching himself? Or were the screen pictures below superimposed?
So far, the most consistent thought that comes to mind everytime I see the photos, is imagining Osama/Uncle of Osama, saying the Arabic equivalent of, "Blah, blah, blah, get on to the football scores".
Your comments, thoughts, impressions?
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