Very few individuals in the world have had the same impact as Osama Bin Laden. This man has changed the face of global security and immigration policies. And just like any popular person, he too, has many myths and misconceptions surrounding him. As dramatic as Osama Bin Laden’s death was, his life has been equally mysterious. Many people say he was already dying due to a kidney disease, while many say that he was a raunchy teenager in Beirut before he became a fanatic. Some even claim that he was an Arsenal fan. All these are myths and there were bound to be more misconceptions about this person. In this article, we will debunk five of them.
Number Five: Osama Bin Laden was a brainchild of the CIA
He never got any training or money from the US in the 1980s. But he, along with other Afghan mujahideen, did receive both from Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency.
Number Four: He was very rich
Osama Bin Laden had to leave all his money in Saudi Arabia when he fled from there to Pakistan in 1991 and then went to Sudan. He was ousted by his family and did not inherit anything from his very wealthy father. He could, however, raise a lot of funds through his contacts and network of friends.
Number Three: Osama Bin Laden Also Bombed the World Trade Centre in 1993
The main culprit behind the attack was Ramzi Yousef who was working for Khaled Sheikh Mohammed. He was an independent operator then. Mohammad began working for Al-Qaeda in 1996 and even then, was not close to Osama.
Number Two: Osama Bin Laden money from drug trafficking
Though the British government’s dossier on al-Qaeda claims so after 9/11, there is no evidence of the same anywhere. Many other people have claimed this but none have been able to supply any concrete evidence.
Number One: Osama Bin Laden never Exposed Himself To Real Danger
He did fight in Jaji in 1987 and then again in the battle of Jalalabad in 1989. But he never really seized an AK-47 from a dying Soviet general, and that too, single-handedly.