Separate post as this is a me request, not official CM Clean-Up thread business.
Several pages back, I asked if the following could be added to the page for Osama bin Laden
- Bastard Understudy: Bin Laden got his start as the protege of Palestinian cleric and Islamist ideologue Abdullah Azzam. Azzam mentored bin Laden during his time in Afghanistan, organized the opening of their training camps there and along the Pakistani border, formulated much of al-Qaeda's ideology, and depending on who you ask may actually have written their charter. When he was killed in 1988 (by who we do not know) bin Laden stepped up as the heir apparent to radical Islamism in general and command of al-Qaeda in particular.
I was told that someone would get back to me, but nobody did. I can attest that all of the above is true, and that bin Laden was essentially al-Qaeda's heir apparent prior to Azzam's death (I just finished a 6500 word paper on the man and can provide links to scholarly articles to anybody who is interested). If it can't be added, I'm okay with that, though I would like to know why.
EDIT: Actually, on the subject of bin Laden, there's a few things about that page that need clean up. The name of the terrorist group is al-Qaeda, and should have the hyphen. Also, in the description it says that he was Saudi nobility when he was not. His father was a construction magnate and had connections to the royal family, but the bin Ladens were not themselves royalty or nobility (his father was originally from Yemen). Both that line and the entry for Aristocrats Are Evil
should be deleted.
edited 26th Mar '13 9:00:13 PM by AmbarSonofDeshar