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    Wednesday, June 29, 2005

    Today Reuters released a news story under the headline “CIA has 'excellent' idea where bin Laden is.”

    CIA Director Peter Goss says "In the chain that you need to successfully wrap up the war on terror, we have some weak links. And I find that until we strengthen all the links, we're probably not going to be able to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice."

    I think I’ve figured out this whole Osama bin Laden thing and why the CIA can’t find him.

    Osama’s daddy-O had ten wives. He lost count after the 54th child and Osama may have been the 25th son.

    The CIA might have found Osama if they addressed Osama bin Laden as Osama instead of bin Laden. With a headline like “CIA has excellent idea where bin Laden is”, most of the Arab world would be wondering which Laden son the CIA is looking for.

    And I have seen and heard this more than once; how Americans and the US media address “Osama” as “bin Laden” highlighting their myopic view of the world thinking that bin Laden is his “last name” in context of the “American way.”

    Of course, this one takes the cake: “Mr. bin Laden.”

    No wonder the CIA can’t find him.

    On the other hand, you hardly hear Saddam Hussein being addressed as “Hussein” or “bin Hussein.”

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