Osama bin Laden bequeathed not “terrorist mind” to his children and grandchildren
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Al-Qaeda and Taliban Chief Osama bin Laden died but, his cause of world terror continues. However, he initiated the demise of Al-Qaeda ideals in the young minds of his children and grandchildren. This alone constitutes the best legacy he could bequeathed to them. The ideals for education and peace were heavily inculcated in them.
A piece of news currently circulating in world media delves well on the subject-matter. Britain’s Sunday Times as quoted (Jennifer Rees) published the first photographs of Laden’s young children: 2 sons, a daughter and 2 grandsons and a granddaughter. They are under detention in a 3 bedroom apartment by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency.
According to a reliable source, the children have witnessed the killing of their father. The slain Al-Qaeda chief strongly admonished them when he said, "'Go to Europe and America and get a good education,'"..."You have to study, live in peace and don't do what I am doing or what I have done", said Rees. Report did not specify the ages of the children. Nevertheless, they are presumed young and still at minor ages.
Taking this piece of news at its face value, spoke well of the kind of a father and grandfather Laden was. Despite of being a world terrorist as branded by his principal foe, former US president, Laden harbored and passed on to his children the human capacity to be educated to become good citizens and better human beings. He further passed on to them the ability to live in peace. But, he strongly enjoined them not to “follow his footsteps”.
Who will shoulder the costs of Laden children’s education? Will they be entitled to certain kind of indemnity as heirs of Laden? Will President Obama be obliged to pay the indemnity to the children of Laden? Can this issue be used as a material for or against Obama's re-election campaign?
Answers to these questions necessitate legal minds to dig for the responses. This suggests a legal case must be conceptualized to run after the killer of Laden.
1. Jennifer Rees, Osama bin Laden told kids to refrain from jihad: Go to U.S., Allvoices; Feb 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM PST