Thursday, December 22, 2005

Osama's Niece
Is A

And, she's a model. I mean, what can you say:

She's not the model niece Osama bin Laden's looking for - but she is modelling.

This is how Wafah Dufour, the al Qaeda leader's niece, will appear in the January 2006 issue of GQ magazine.

Dufour, who took her mother's maiden name after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001, is an aspiring musician struggling to make a name for herself.

She says she has never met Osama bin Laden.

"Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," she said in the article.
"There are 400 other people related to him, but they are all in Saudi Arabia, so nobody's going to get tarred with it.

"I'm the only one here."

One of the foundational ideas of the West is that the individual is supreme. We are endowed by our Creator with rights, and inherent dignity as human beings. As such, we are not defined by our ancestry, or the land we hail from, but instead, we are known by what we do with our lives.

Well, Wafah here is a model. That's fine. She may be a good person, or she may not. But, clearly, she has unchained herself of the shackles of Sharia. And, that, I believe, is a brave step.

Good for her, on that count.