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21. "Osama bin Laden": an article from the New Yorker's web archives

The article "The Real bin Laden" written by Mary Anne Weaver and originally published in the January 24, 2001 issue of the New Yorker magazine, may be found in its web archives.

Since1999 the C.I.A. has issued a series of intelligence reports warning about Osama bin Laden's possible new attacks on US properties and Americans. There were scores of arrests of men who seemed involved in bomb explosion plots around the world. On the anniversary of the two United States Embassies bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and during the millennium celebrations, Americans around the world were told to be alert. The Government addressed the questions: "how to respond to an enemy who is a man and not a state; who has no structured organization, no headquarters, and no fixed address; and whose followers live in different countries and feel a loyalty not so much to that man as to the ideology of militant Islam." The Clinton administration's answer, to a large extent, was " to do precisely what Osama bin Laden himself has been doing over the years: it has mythologized him," Weaver claims. To read Weaver's article,

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