Politics

Sep 12, 2007

Terror redefined: Osama Bin Laden quotes The Housemartins

We know that Osama Bin Laden has been wont to spice up his various broadcasts with references to Western writers, designed it seems to confuse a US public whose historical memory extends back as far as the Cola wars. But is the bearded one now getting into 80s pop? Guy Rundle investigates.

We know that Osama Bin Laden has been wont to spice up his various broadcasts with references to Western writers, designed it seems to confuse a US public whose historical memory extends back as far as the Cola wars. Previously cited writers have included Chomsky, Robert Fisk and William Blum, whose handy collation of US 20TH century bastardry shot up the Amazon charts on OBL’s recommendation.

But is the bearded one now getting into 80's pop? Quite aside from the fact that his latest video looks like an Ultravox film clip produced by Borat, there’s a point where he bursts into what is unmistakably the chorus of from annoying Christian pop-band The Housemartins Caravan of Love.

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