Who was the biggest terrorist - Bin Laden or Bush ?
Osama Bin Laden was one of the leaders (primarily a financier) of the al-Quaeda (literally ‘the base’)group. The stated aims of this relatively small group are be to drive Americans and American influence out of Muslim nations, especially Saudi Arabia, destroy Israel, and topple the brutal and authoritarian pro-Western dictatorships in the Middle East. Al-Quaeda was responsible for the attack on Americas World Trade Centre on September 11 2001 in which nearly 3000 people died. Since 2001 al-Quaeda or associated groups have allegedly been responsible for a number of terrorist bombings around the world in which civilians have been killed, numbering in total perhaps in the high hundreds. Osama Bin Laden has now been executed by American troops.
George W. Bush was twice president of America. He seized upon the 9/11 atrocity to enact pre-existing plans to invade Iraq, which was in no way involved with either the attack or with al-Quaeda. He lied to his country over the reasons for the Iraq war. Over 4,000 allied troops died as a result, estimates put the innocent Iraqui dead at over 400,000, and more than 4 million Iraqui people were made refugees. Iraq was the greatest refugee crisis in the middle east for over 60 years. Bush also attacked Afghanistan and, 10 years later, innocent civilian lives are still being lost there. Bush also presided over a criminal regime that practised kidnappings (renditions), illegal imprisonment and widespread, institutionalised torture. Bush is now a free man living in Texas.
History is usually written by the victors so I’m not sure how these men will be seen by future generations, but when deciding which of them was the bigger terrorist in the true sense of the word .. bringing death, terror, misery to the most people, .. then for me the winner is clear and the biggest terrorist of our time certainly didn’t wear a beard.