His "far removed view of the real world"? Give me a break.
We're talking about the guy who sold airlines stocks short, then had General Masood assassinated to help the Taliban maintain control of Afghanistan after the retaliatory American invasion, right? That guy?
Both of these things occurred days before the 9-11 attack. I hate to tell you this, but Bin Laden is not the out of touch idiot you seem to think he is. He also accurately predicted that the U.S. would invade and set up camp in the ME.
He got exactly the response he wanted -- and then some. The Bush administration played right into his hands.
I realized I was basically reposting Ron's views last night (I was a bit slow) - so let's just say I am 100% in agreement with GS on this matter than to reiterate his point in a less eloquent manner.
OBL has better worldly views than many of us on this forum and his grasp of the world is perhaps at 98 percentile or above when compared with the general US populace. Check his biography and one will realize that he did not live in a cave all of his life.
Mitch, have you ever traveled outside the US? Better yet, have you ever lived outside of the US? (Canada and Western Europe does not count) How can you be so sure of anyone being removed from the real world if (pardon the assumption) you have not seen the world outside the US?
Even in this information-saturated age, nothing will replace first-hand experience. Going to the revered mosques in Instanbul and finding Western tourists disrespecting the Islamic tradition by refusing to take off their shoes, lying down on the rug-covered floor of the prayer hall, worse yet, making out as the locals pray... a collection of tiny vignettes but they offered me an insight as to why the Islamic world has come to detest the West and how easy it was for Osama to tap into those festering feelings.
Speaking of caves, what's really going on here is Plato's "Allegory of the Caves" starting with the thread starter.