Sudanese scribe Kola Boof has perhaps the best book tie-in for the upcoming five-year anniversary of 9-11. Her autobiography details a juicy affair with Islamic Fundamentalist Osama Bin Laden - excerpted in the recent Harpers and now making furious rounds on the internets (link). And while there is some debate on whether Kola Boof is telling the truth or pulling a James Frey, what grabs me is her accusation that Osama had the hot-hot-hots for American Pop Star Whitney Houston:
"Boof says bin Laden couldn't stop talking about his favorite singer and had lofty plans for her. "He said he wanted to give [her] a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney, he would be willing to break his color rule and make her one of his wives."
But bin Laden's murderous side also emerged in his fantasies about the pop superstar. "[He would say] how beautiful she is," Boof claims, "what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband - Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have womens' husbands killed."
Perhaps THIS is the key to understanding Osama's murderous rage:
1997 - 1998
July 1997 - Whitney's single My Heart is Calling fails to chart, precipitating a painful protracted absence from America's Top 40 (May 1997 - January 1999)
January 1998 - Osama signs a Fatwa authorizing the killing of American civilians as they are obvious agents of "oppression" who stand in the way of "justice."
August 7 1998 (2 days before Whitney's Birthday) - Osama kills more than 220 people and wounds more than 4,000 in simultaneous explosions at US embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Kenya.
September 7 - Whitney takes the stage at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary blow out at Madison Square Garden (Youtube link). The press mocks her skeletor frame and suggests she is now a drug addict.
September 11 - Osama takes out New York's WTC towers setting off the war on terror ... which will probably never end.