Osama Bin Laden’s Son Omar Speaks On His Father’s Killing
Have you ever tried to distance yourself from the actions of your parents? When I was younger my mother used to (actually, who am I kidding—she does it to this day) exhibit major road rage and get into fights with other drivers often, with me in the passenger side sinking lower and lower into my seat as she got louder and louder. That example shrinks in comparison to what Omar bin Laden has gone through during his life.
Omar, 30, was a vocal critic of his father Osama‘s deadly actions against the West, denouncing the entire mission and structure of al-Qaeda. But as with every child (Omar is Osama’s fourth son) his familial instincts have kicked in and he’s stepping up as the main bin Laden representative, the sole name signed on a new statement from the family released to the New York Times following Osama’s death.
In the statement, Omar questions whether his father was even killed as he has seen no proof (“We are not convinced on the available evidence in the absence of dead body, photographs, and video evidence that our natural father is dead” and “if OBL has been killed in that operation as President of United States has claimed, then we are just in questioning as per media reports that why an unarmed man was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world.”)
He goes on to show his disdain for the reported “burial at sea” (“His sudden and unwitnessed burial at sea has deprived the family of performing religious rights of a Muslim man”) and takes the U.S. and Pakistani governments to task for keeping members of his family in custody after the raid (“We wish the Government of Pakistan to release and hand over all minors of the family and all the family members are reunited at one place and are repatriated to their country of origin, especially female members of the family to avoid further oppression and we seek international support to that effect.”)
And just in case people forget Omar wasn’t always so quick to rush to his father’s defense, a paragraph written from the family’s viewpoint sums it up:
“We want to remind the world that Omar Ossam Binladin, the fourth-born son of our father, always disagreed with our father regarding any violence and always sent messages to our father, that he must change his ways and that no civilians should be attacked under any circumstances. Despite the difficulty of publicly disagreeing with our father, he never hesitated to condemn any violent attacks made by anyone, and expressed sorrow for the victims of any and all attacks. As he condemned our father, we now condemn the president of the United States for ordering the execution of unarmed men and women.”
If the statement is met with no response, the family says it will take their case to “international forums for justice” such as the International Criminal Court.