Will the Real Osama Stand Up?

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Will the Real Osama Stand Up?

Latest Bin Laden Video a Forgery?

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Information Clearing House

It took a few minutes to sink in the new tape of Osama Bin Laden that was shown and analyzed on MSNBCs Keith Oberman show on Friday, September 7, 2007.  Perhaps the most striking thing was his black beard.  From all accounts, what sets OBL apart from others, even his most devout followers,  is his devotion to Islam*.  While Islam allows the trimming of the moustache, it calls for fully growing the beard in full.  Henna, a known dye, is permissible in Islam as not only does it have medicinal qualities, but it may be used to enhance beauty in women.    How likely is it that OBL who is a strict adherent of fundamental Islam, would dye his beard and trim it to appear in front of a camera in order to meet the expectations of the Western terrorist specialists? . . .


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