Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Categories: Day 6 Blog
"We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems." So reads part of a statement from the sons of Osama bin Laden, reportedly prepared at the direction of Omar bin Laden (pictured in a 2008 photo at left.) The statement lambastes the US government for killing an unarmed man and says their father should have been brought to trial like Slobodan Milosevic, "so that truth is revealed to the people of the world."
Omar bin Laden has publicly criticized his father in the past and once said he'd like to be an "ambassador for peace between Muslims and the West."
From the statement:
"We want to remind the world that Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of our father, always disagreed with our father regarding any violence and always sent messages to our father, that he must change his ways and that no civilians should be attacked under any circumstances... Despite the difficulty of publicly disagreeing with our father, he never hesitated to condemn any violent attacks made by anyone, and expressed sorrow for the victims of any and all attacks."
"As he condemned our father, we now condemn the president of the United States for ordering the execution of unarmed men and women."
The statement was relayed to the New York Times by Jean Sasson, the author who helped Omar write the 2009 memoir Growing Up bin Laden.