THE NOTORIOUS ‘OBL': Does Osama bin Laden fancy himself a rock star?

Does Osama bin Laden fancy himself a rock star?


This may be an odd question, given the depravity and cruelty of the man to whom we refer, but consider how bin Laden's been acting lately.


Like most recording artists, His Evilness makes both audio and video. Prior to the release of his latest works — one a hypocritical rant against violence and capitalism, the other a call for Muslim martyrs — his al-Qaida minions acted as publicists, leaking word online that Osama was about to drop another tape.


In videos released on Sept. 8 and 11 the terrorist leader betrayed a bit of celebrity vanity, what with a dyed (or fake) black beard masking his 50-odd years. Western pundits are even calling him "OBL," similar to how singer/actress Jennifer Lopez became "J.Lo."


Bin Laden, of course, is no rock star. His very existence continues to pollute this planet, as does his propaganda. But he has been able to amass a greatest — or in this case, worst — hits collection: a July 2006 endorsement of the group al-Qaida in Iraq; an April 2006 call for followers to fight the West in Sudan; a December 2004 plea for Iraqis to boycott elections; a February 2003 recitation of his own will. By The Associated Press' count, OBL has put out 18 tapes since 2001.


For any parent worried about what the kids are listening to — that includes American parents concerned about Arab teens — OBL is Mom and Dad's worst nightmare. And to think we worried once upon a time about Elvis' swiveling hips.