"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.