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Trippy Terrorist Propaganda for the Day.

Well. It appears that Osama bin Laden is obsessed with Whitney Houston:

"Whitney Houston's name was the one that would be mentioned constantly. How beautiful she is, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and her husband -- Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have women's husbands killed."


The quote comes, reportedly, from the autobiography of Kola Boof, Diary of a Lost Girl. An excerpt is published in Harper's, from which this is taken.

It's a trippy bit of propaganda, isn't it? I really don't believe that bin Laden is sitting round talking about how fine Whitney Houston is, but even if it's true, it doesn't change the propaganda like nature of it. For you see, what this little excerpt does is portray bin Laden as a terrorist who is targeting America out of a mixture of envy and hate for their culture. He loves American culture, but he hates it at the same time. He's torn by it. Disturbed, he lashes out by blowing up buildings and sending planes to be plowed into the World Trade Centre, instead of Houston's house. It is the conservative party line laid out: terrorists hate us because they envy our freedom. Even if it is, in this case, the freedom to hear Houston's bland pop, and to have a little sexual fantasy about what it would like to fuck her.

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girliejones
Aug. 15th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
That's fascinating. I wonder what his favourite song would be - the Bodyguard one or I Wanna Dance with Somebody?
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
clearly it will be the bodyguard. it ties in best witht he fantasy.
girliejones
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
yeah was thinking that as I typed it. ... i will always love you oo ooh! Bin Laden, I will always ... its just weird
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
you know, bin laden kinda fits the tune.
ataxi
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Bin Laden is supposed to be a huge fan of Arsenal Football Club, and allegedly stole into matches at Highbury, when his profile was lower, and before its recent closure. It's been hypothesised that his love of Arsenal stems from the fact that their traditional rivals are Spurs, the "Jewish" club (they used to be vilified for having so many Jewish supporters, and in response all their fans started calling themselves "yids").

Don't know if it means anything but Whitney was mega-huge in the UK in the 80s. She was all over everything.
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
i'm not really concerned with how true it is. the subtext of the story is enough for me. it's all just a bit of progaganda for the evilest man alive (tm), you know?
nick_kaufmann
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Current music: Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

What, not Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All"?
benpeek
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
jet was as close as i could come for that little joke.
bodhichitta0
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
One day I will prepare an entire treatise (okay maybe not but at least a whole paragraph) of your songs relating to your posts.

And as for Bin Laden wanting Whitney... I don't even know what to say about that. Even an archetypal/mythical way. Nothing here.
benpeek
Aug. 16th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
One day I will prepare an entire treatise (okay maybe not but at least a whole paragraph) of your songs relating to your posts.

you know, there's a lot more coincidence in it that not. sometimes i flip round for it, though. i flipped round the ipod for this one, natch.
seanwright
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Like many leaders, bin Laden perhaps revels in the skewed truth/lies spin of the press. His acts are evil. But he is not alone. Now is, he, Mr Bush/Mr Blair et al?
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