All Hardship for
Nothing is more
important today than a better coordination among the South Asian countries
and a durable peace between India and Pakistan. There are many people who
‘We cannot have peace without justice’:
Former US President Jimmy Carter visited Jeddah on Saturday to share
his vision of the future of cross cultural and interfaith relations
and peace in the Middle...
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s son, Omar bin Laden, has insisted
that he is definitely not someone cut from the same cloth as his
father, saying he would ‘like to be in a position to promote peace’.
have a habit of speaking the truth, even when it does not serve me
well. But I would like to be in a position to promote peace. I
believe that the United Nations would be ideal for me,” The Guardian
quoted Omar, as saying.
Omar, the fourth eldest son of the world’s most wanted man, said he
had ended contact with his father in April 2001 after he was asked
to take up arms at a meeting with his father’s fighters.
sons were in attendance, although none of us was a fighter. He spoke
of how it is a great honour to give one’s life for Islam and said
anyone who wanted to give their life should put their name on a
paper in the mosque,” Omar said.”He never asked me to join Al-Qaida,
but he did tell me I was the son chosen to carry on his work.
was disappointed when I said I was not suited to that life. I do not
like disagreement or violence,” he added.
also recalled his memories of September 11, 2001 attacks in America.
Omar, who was at his grandmother in Jeddah at the time, said the he
does not believe his father was behind the attack. “I had been sound
asleep and was woken by my uncle yelling: ‘Look what your father has
done!’ I went into the sitting area and my family was gathered
around the television. I soon learned that America was under attack.
It was a very sad day,” he said.
did not agree with my uncle’s reaction. I never thought my father
was capable of the carnage in America - it was too big for his small
organization. I cannot speak for my father’s family. This topic is
too painful for us to talk about. We were all so shocked by the
suffering of those poor people that, after that morning, none of us
ever had a conversation about it,” Omar added.