Opinion: Osama bin Laden’s son says U.S. broke international law ‘if’ his father is dead


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Osama bin Laden’s son Omar says he always disagreed with his father about violence, and is now disagreeing with the violence purportedly used against his father.

In a statement written by the Bin Laden family but signed only by Omar, 30, the United States is accused of breaking international law by killing the unarmed terrorist leader without a trial. That is, they said, if the mission was indeed successful.


Omar bin Laden began the statement by saying that he and the family do not believe that the Al Qaeda leader is dead and, like the so-called deathers in this country, want to see photographs and/or video evidence as 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,’ Omar bin Laden wrote in a statement that was released to the New York Times. ‘Therefore, with this press statement, we seek such conclusive evidence to believe the stories published in relation to 2 May 2011 operation Geronimo as declared by the President of United States Barrack Hussein Obama in his speech that he authorized the said operation and killing of OBL and later confirmed his death.’

If his father were ‘executed,’ Omar said, he wonders why people such as Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic were given a chance in front of a judge while his father ‘was not arrested and tried in a court of law.’

In the statement, Omar bin Laden identified himself as ‘the fourth-born son of our father,’ and said he ‘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.’

When it was announced earlier this month that the elder Bin Laden was dead, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. maintained that the mission was indeed legal.

‘Let me make something very clear,’ Holder said. ‘The operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of Al Qaeda, an organization that conducted the attacks of September the 11th [2001]. He admitted his involvement.’


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-- Tony Pierce