March 23, 2002
MERERANI, Tanzania - The young miners here are known as wanapollo, Swahili for spacemen. Several times a day, they emerge from half a mile below the earth, their bodies coated in glittering graphite dust. They are searching for tanzanite, a gem found only under a 5-square-mile patch of scrub near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. A few months ago, Mohammed Abubakar supported his mother and eight siblings with money earned from mining the blue-violet stone. But since Sept. 11, reports that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network controlled a chunk of the tanzanite trade have sent the price of the gemstone down about 70 percent, slashing his earnings.
October 10, 2001
As a charity fund-raiser, a Riviera Beach, Fla., gun dealer is selling $10 posters of Osama bin Laden suitable for the firing range, the concentric target rings rippling from a forehead bull's-eye promising if not victory, at least emotional outlet. The renegade multimillionaire's bearded, turbaned head stares lately from T-shirts, "WANTED" posters, television and computer screens; a party supply store in McAllen, Texas, proffers "Osama Pinatas" for sale and evisceration. Simultaneously everywhere and nowhere, bin Laden is the latest in a series of villains to have his moment in American preoccupation.
July 30, 2006
second in command to Osama bin Laden, calling for a holy war against "tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America." It is a jihad [holy war] for the sake of God and will last until [our] religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq." Ayman al-Zawahri
May 3, 2011
At long last, Osama bin Laden is gone. I'll never forget the horror of September 11th, and I am relieved this monster of terrorism has been dispatched. It was about time. Now that our mission has been accomplished, it's time to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and get the Maryland National Guard out of Egypt. America's Middle East adventures should be scaled back and ended. After nearly a decade of war, the loss of thousands of lives and trillions of American tax dollars, I say enough.
May 4, 2012
Just for the record, President Obama is a bit hypocritical too regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden in that it was the CIA under President Bush that, by using enhanced interrogation techniques, first got the information leading to the discovery of his hideout. President Obama won't use those interrogation techniques; he just kills the same type terrorists with drones. But that is apparently OK. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
April 18, 2008
You may be hoping that Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? slipped into theaters without fanfare because Spurlock did find bin Laden (or at least got close to him) and had to keep it all hush-hush. No such luck. This movie is a case of arthouse bait and switch. Its true subject is one decent Yank's desire to believe that Everyman and Everywoman - Everywhere! - are as warm and amiable as your average American Joe: him, Morgan Spurlock, the regular guy as fearless globetrotter.