Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sometimes its better not to say anything

A something-warming story this: a parish councillor from Cheshire has married one of Osama bin Laden's sons.

Plenty about the rather unfortunate family background. Including this, from Jane Felix-Browne.

The grandmother, who declined to take her husband's surname, says she does not care about his family background, stating she married for love.

Okay, well maybe she does care enough not to adopt the bin Laden name.

But there's something else which may explain why. If you're hung up on the fellow's unfortunate parentage you might have missed the fact that

Omar... is her sixth husband.

Uh huh.

[The 51-year-old] from Moulton, near Northwich, married Omar Osama Bin Laden, 27, after romance blossomed during a holiday in Egypt.

Now that is how you avoid becoming a stereotype. Good luck to her. I think she might need it.

PS: It would be remiss of me not to add a favourite anecdote about one of Osama bin Laden snr's many brothers. This poor fellow lived in New York and was lamenting how his life had changed since 9/11. He could no longer his credit card or call for a takeaway pizza. You could probably live with that, especially since I think his name was spelled slightly differently - bin Ladin?. But the truly heart-rending detail was, and I paraphrase slightly, "I've also had to give up my hobby of flying small light aircraft."

UPDATE: The woman is clearly an idiot. The Telegraph, which gives the story the slant I'm after, quotes her as saying:
She said it would be "nice" to meet Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qa'eda, to ask him about the 2001 terrorist attacks. "I think it would be very interesting to find out if he really did it or not. That would be the question because I think it is a doubt on everybody's mind." No, it's a doubt for creeps and credulous conspiracy cretins.



Blogger Political Umpire said...

I loved how the Times asked him (i) when did you last speak to your dad, and (ii) do you approve of him. Staggeringly he said years ago and no I don't.

What did they think he'd say?

12:22 pm  

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