Bin Laden’s Medieval Hideout

May 3rd, 2011 at 2:31 pm | 6 Comments |

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Osama Bin Laden’s violent, terrorist, anti-modern brand of Islam has little to do with the Middle Ages (medieval Muslims were, mostly, more tolerant than their Christian counterparts) but a glance at his hideout’s floor plan reveals some real similarities to a western European medieval siege castle.

Take a look: Here’s the Washington Post map of Bin Laden’s hideout.

And here’s a map of Richard the Lionheart’s famous Chateau Gaillard in France.

Although the building techniques were a lot different, the hideout had all the basic features of the medieval castle:  There’s a central “keep,” outer, middle and inner wards for defense and even a “curtain wall” (which the Washington Post labels a “privacy wall”) around the “keep.” Whoever designed it likely absorbed some of the ideas of medieval castle building.


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  • armstp

    Looks like a prison to me.

    • armstp

      Actually there is some speculation that Bin Laden was being kept under the control of the ISI. He may have actually been a kind of prisoner or at least his movements and actions controlled by the ISI. Many experts believe that the ISI really controls the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the region. One interview I saw with a Taliban leader said the ISI could arrest all the Taliban in one hour if they wanted to. I think the entire war in Afghanistan is being entirely controlled and manipulated by the ISI in Pakistan. The Taliban are basically their guys and they give the marching orders to the Taliban to take control of Afghanistan. The former Afghan intelligence chief basically says this. The war is all about the Pakistanis or at least some in the Pakistanis power structure fighting to take control or take-over Afghanistan. It is very likely that Bin Laden was being controlled by the ISI, as a sort of prisoner or he had to do what they wanted him to do. It is a proxy war between certain elements in Pakistan against Afghanistan and the coalition forces.

      The real questions are:

      Who owned the land?
      Who built the compound?
      Who paid for it?
      Who visited the compound?
      etc.

      I would not be surprised if U.S. officials already know the answers to these questions, particularly given that they have been spying on this compound for 8 months.

  • Deep South Populist

    Those filthy Pakistanis knowingly let OBL live large down the street from their equivalent of West Point for years.

    Many Americans died looking for that man, and Pakistan has received billions in foreign aid from the United States.

    It’s hard to imagine such shamelessness.

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