An Okie blogger (college student) has written a research paper that traces down Osama's intellectual ancestry. Turns out to be a direct line from Marx, via the 'brown' (fascist) line of Marxism rather than the 'red' (Soviet) line. I wasn't surprised by the ultimate connection, but I was surprised by the directness.
Nice piece of academic work!
Her blog, which hasn't been very active lately, is here:
When we wonder why American lefties find Osama so attractive, we can't be fooled by surface stuff like women's rights, economic considerations, or freedom of costume. Those apparent goals never happen anyway. The deep affinity is what matters: a love of chaos, destruction, and permanent revolution.