The implications of that fact have not yet been sufficiently explored. “Yaslam bin Laden: My Brother Osama Is Alive,” from MEMRI TV, with thanks to The One Who Must Not Be Named:
The following are excerpts from an interview with Osama bin Laden’s brother Yaslam bin Laden, which was aired by Al-Arabiya TV on July 3, 2005.
Yaslam bin Laden: Osama was more religious than the rest of us. Those of us who went to Lebanon had other things on our mind.
Presenter: Perhaps if he had been taken to Lebanon, he wouldn’t have turned out Osama Bin Laden. His mother is Syrian. Why didn’t he study in Syria?
Yaslam bin Laden: This was the decision of my father, may he rest in peace. I don’t know why. I’m telling you that if he had gone to Lebanon, he might have turned out a little different.
Presenter: Was he religious? Your former wife wrote in her book that he refused to look at her face.
Yaslam bin Laden: Yes, I think it’s true. He did not like to listen to music or to watch TV, and he prevented his children from doing so. I thought that was odd.
Presenter: You didn’t discuss this with him?
Yaslam bin Laden: He can do what he wants in his home, as I can in mine.
Presenter: Was he charismatic?
Yaslam bin Laden: He was still young then. We were all young.
Presenter: Do you think he’s dead?
Yaslam bin Laden: No, I don’t.
Presenter: How do you know he’s not dead? Where is Osama Bin Laden then? The great America, which occupied two countries, or you could even say the entire world, has not yet managed to find Osama bin Laden.
Yaslam bin Laden: You should ask them.