Son Calls on Osama to Drop His Weapons

Younger Bin Laden says he doesn't consider dad a terrorist
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 1:30 PM CST
Omar Osama bin Laden is seen during an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. The 26-year-old son of the al-Qaida leader does not renounce his father in an interview...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The world's most notorious terrorist's peace-loving son is calling on Osama bin Laden to “find another way.” Omar bin Laden, Osama’s fourth son, tells CNN many other Muslims share his sentiments about al-Qaeda but acknowledges that his dad “doesn't have the power to stop the movement at this moment."

The 26-year-old doesn't consider Osama a terrorist, he says, because Washington considered bin Laden a hero when he fought the Soviets: "Before they call it war; now they call it terrorism." Nevertheless, Omar bin Laden left his father's al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan—with his father's blessing—after they parted ways on the killing of civilians.