Osama: the facts

From The New Yorker

Assuming that bin Laden is still alive, he is now forty-eight years old. He developed his vision for his global jihad organization, Al Qaeda, over the course of more than three decades, and his formative experiences have included participation in combat during the anti-Soviet Afghan war of the nineteen-eighties; prolonged exile from Saudi Arabia; the survival of at least two assassination attempts; at least four marriages, which produced at least a dozen children; and, lately, the trials of being the world’s most wanted fugitive.

No wonder he looks knackered in those home movies of his. I had always assumed he was about 108. First it was policemen who were younger than me; then it was High Court judges; now it’s the World’s Number One Baddie.