Osama bin Laden (used to be big in terrorism, more recently an intermittent media pundit), as well as being vain, is also a raging hypocrite.
In his latest sermon from the diary room, he fumes about “the killing of more than 650,000 of the people of Iraq as a result of the war and its repercussions”.
Bafflingly, he omits to mention that his mates are responsible for a fair amount of that killing.
This has not escaped notice. A poll of Iraqis released yesterday finds that while general pessimism has increased even further since February, people are now more likely to blame the violence in the country on al-Qaeda and foreign jihadis than on the US/coalition forces.
Bin Laden also proudly points out that “burning living beings is forbidden in our religion”, and yet somehow doesn’t make the connection between this and what happens when you get some big metal tubes full of living beings and aviation fuel and fly them at great speed into big buildings full of even more living beings.
Still, at least his handsome new look should impress those 72 virgins – if he ever gets round to daring to practise what he preaches.