Even global terrorist masterminds had lives before they dedicated their efforts to the destruction of the western values. Osama Bin Laden is no exception. As a teenager, he visited Stratford-Upon-Avon, the sleepy medieval town on the edge of the Cotswolds and birthplace of William Shakespeare.

While most visitors to Stratford appreciate the historic buildings and quaint cafes serving afternoon tea, the town irked Bin Laden, according to a section of his personal journal recently released by the CIA.

Something about the town clearly disagreed with him. He wrote, “I got the impression that they were loose people”. He was also unimpressed by the town’s major tourist attraction, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. He complained, “we went every Sunday to visit Shakespeare’s house. I was not impressed”.

Bin Laden’s damning review of Stratford-Upon-Avon was among 470,000 files, some of which included details of guerrilla warfare strategies, and video files depicting the beheading of American citizen, Jack Hensely.

The scathing travel writing was not the only document that appeared out of place in the global terrorist’s collection. Among the grisly videos of hostage beheadings and warfare strategy was a video of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean series dubbed into Pashtu, some clips from animated comedy Wallace and Gromit, and the highly circulated viral video, Charlie bit my finger.

It seems that although Bin Laden despised most products of Western culture, he certainly enjoyed our slapstick humour, stop-motion animation and adorable children.


Featured Image of Stratford-Upon-Avon from Pixabay by pixelsteve.



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