It’s not everyday you see a plethora of headlines like the following:

“Bin Laden son wants to be peace activist.”
“Bin Laden’s son in horse ride for peace.”
“Osama’s son wants British visa to live with granny bride.”

What the heck is up with all that? Well, let’s just say it appears that the apple doesn’t necessarily fall near the tree after all. One of Osama bin Laden’s 19 children (that he knows of, anyway), Omar bin Laden has decided not to follow in his father’s footsteps as the ultimate holy warrior for radical Islam.

In a recent interview in Cairo, the 26-year-old, who bears a striking resemblance to his dad, was sporting a black leather biker jacket and dreadlocks that dangled halfway down his back. This dude is obviously way too cool to get hung up on his old man’s bad trips and has opted out of a lifestyle of fomenting apocalyptic Islamic terrorism against Western civilization.

Omar once lived with his father in Sudan and then moved with him to Afghanistan where he trained at an al-Qaida camp. In 2000, he says he basically decided the whole Islamic terror thing was a total drag and he walked away from it all.

“I don’t want to be in that situation to just fight,” he said. “I like to find another way and this other way may be like we do now, talking.”

Omar suggested that his father didn’t oppose his leaving, but it had to be a pretty gutsy move nonetheless. The words “honor killing” had to have crossed his mind before he split. But apparently, at least in terms of their personal relationship, the old guy wasn’t a total bummer.

On the other hand, the father can’t exactly be thrilled that his son wants to be an “ambassador for peace” between Muslims and the West. If the boy doesn’t want to fight, okay, so he’s a little more sensitive than some. Waging jihad from primitive backwater locales and living in caves isn’t for everyone. But hobnob with infidels? Despite the best intentions and child-rearing techniques, one can never know how a child will turn out.

This whole peacenik thing is not the first time this son of the world’s most wanted terrorist has made a splash in the news. The tabloids went bonkers last year when he married a 52-year-old, well-seasoned British grandmother named Jane Felix-Browne whose coupling with bin Laden is her fifth matrimonial undertaking. They couldn’t resist a slew of mockingly sensational headlines like “the granny who married bin Laden’s son” and more recently “Osama’s son wants British visa to live with granny bride.”

I say leave the doting couple alone because they’ve got some pretty grand ideas when it comes to advocating peace, one of which is to stage a 3,000-mile horse race across North Africa. Still in the planning stages, they’re seeking approval of governments along the route and looking for sponsors to help pay for the event and raise money for child victims of war.

They see it as an equine version of the cancelled Paris-Dakar auto rally. “I heard the rally was stopped because of al-Qaida,” Omar said. “I don’t think they are going to stop me.”

Let’s hope not. “It’s about changing the ideas of the Western mind,” Omar continued. “A lot of people think Arabs . . . are all terrorists. This is not the truth.”

Actually, nobody’s saying all Arabs are terrorists, but it’s a sad fact that most terrorists happen to be Arabs. As for “changing the ideas of the Western mind,” Omar’s got it backwards. It’s his old man and all his followers, admirers and apologists who need a serious talking to. They’re the ones either waging or making excuses for jihad while the West, on the other hand, has elevated multiculturalism to something akin to a religion and continues to practice a nearly insane degree of tolerance even in the face of the obvious threat from radical Islam.

Still, we should all wish the best for Omar bin Laden and his been-around-the-block bride with their peaceful endeavors. Anything’s better than another bin Laden following in his daddy’s footsteps.

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/.

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