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Pic of Bin Laden at 14(11 posts)

Pic of Bin Laden at 14Allen az
Jan 6, 2002 1:24 PM
My uncle in San Jose, CA e-mailed me this.
This is an odd picturespookyload
Jan 6, 2002 3:48 PM
Being this was taken 30 years ago, why aren't his sisters covered? Girls are supposed to be covered once they reach puberty. It is quite obvious some of the girls here are 16-18 years old. Suadi Arabia was a much different country that long ago, and I find it very odd that this would have happened. Particularly since his family was one of money, and a strong muslim culture.
Yeah good point, I didn't notice that.Allen az
Jan 6, 2002 5:19 PM
See the girl (or woman) in the center of the pic, behind the girl in the green? Is she covered?
According to the former physician of theSTEELYeyed
Jan 6, 2002 6:51 PM
Saudi royal family,as soon as the younger people got on a plane to travel,all the trappings of Islam came off and they wore the finest western clothes money could buy.
not trueJason H
Jan 6, 2002 8:07 PM
Most of the bin Laden sons went to the same school as the numerous offspring of King Abdul Aziz, Victoria College in Alexandria. Most of the bid Laden daughters went to schools in the U.S. or England. Even though they are Sunni Muslims they are as western in dress and mindset as you when they leave the Middle East.
That is true of modern Saudi...spookyload
Jan 6, 2002 10:39 PM
But you are talking about a photo claiming to be 30 years old. Saudi didn't even have paved highways then. The country as we see it today started development in the late 70's(courtesy of US oil interests) Saudi of 1971 had no Coke, McDonald's, or even Levi's for that matter. It was a very un-westernized society.
still not trueJason H
Jan 6, 2002 11:05 PM
If you would read the caption on the photo you'd see it says it was taken in SWEDEN.
I was talking about Osama bin Ladens siblings. The picture shows some college age people. They went to school OUTSIDE of the Middle East and being in western clothing is not only possible but MAKES SENSE!!!!!!!
History lessonroadgrrl
Jan 7, 2002 9:51 AM
Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1936. King Aziz started a large scale modernizing program and oil producing facilities in 1939. In 1951 an agreement with Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) gave Saudi Arabia 50% of all earnings from the oil. OPEC was founded in 1960. By October of 1973 Saudi Arabia was a strong enough oil economic power to force OPEC to triple the price of crude oil and impose an embargo on major oil companies as a political protest to the '73 October Arab-Israel war.

In 1958 Faisal started a program that include a reduction of subsidies to the royal family and a large increase of funding for infrastructure (highways and seaports etc.). By the early 1960's Saudi Arabia had an infrastructure that included television, electrical grids, highways, airports (military and civilian airports were built in the middle 50's. The military ones for the first planes bought from the U.S.), seaports and rail. When Faisal became king in 1964 he continued the modernizing giving Saudi Arabia one of the BEST infrastructures in the Middle East by 1970. By the middle 70's spending on infrastructure slowed and spending priorities shifted to education, health care and social services. The early 80's saw another infrastructure spending period when the Saudis started the largest civil engineering project on earth converting a 360 square mile area on the Arabian gulf into the industrial and residential area of Jubail.
Sure that's not Sly and the Family Stone? :) nmmr_spin
Jan 7, 2002 8:55 AM
re: Pic of Bin Laden at 14jrm
Jan 8, 2002 9:24 AM
It was a different world then. it was also five years prior to the murder of Israeli athiletes @ The Munich Games...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Researched where this story started, interesting...SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jan 13, 2002 11:03 AM
Checkout the story about the photo.

Worth a read.

http://media.guardian.co.uk/presspublishing/story/0,7495,557466,00.html