Usama Bin Laden is a dangerous opponent, and so are those who might succeed him should he be killed. Bin Laden's ideas and goals, however, remain little explored or understood. To grasp them, it is necessary to examine the regional and historical context, his experiences, and the sources of fundamentalist thought upon which he draws.
2001 Naval War College Review. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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Naval War College Review (Autumn 2001), v.54 no.4, p.11-35