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Osama Loved Whitney?

As Woody Allen famously said when defending his relationship with his stepdaughter, "The heart wants what it wants." Whitney Houstons's death this past weekend reminded us of an old bin Laden rumor. According to a 2006 story from Britain's The Daily Mail, Osama bin Laden carried a torch for Whitney Houston and wondered allowed if killing Bobby Brown would give him a shot with the American singer.

The story comes from Sudanese poet and novelist Kola Boof, who claimed the terrorist held her hostage as a sex slave for a four-month period in 1996 and shared his feelings for Whitney with Boof during that imprisonment.

"Osama kept coming back to Whitney Houston. He asked if I knew her personally when I lived in America. I told him I didn't.

He said that he had a paramount desire for Whitney Houston, and although he claimed music was evil he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting with the superstar.

It didn't seem impossible to me. He said he wanted to give Whitney Houston 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 colour rule and make her one of his wives.

Whitney Houston's name was the one that would be mention constantly.

How beautiful she was, 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 women's husbands killed."

Boof is also the source of the story that Osama was secretly fond of reading The Star and Playboy magazines. If any or all of this is true, it means that the 21st century's most evil man was also a giant hypocrite.  Bin Laden's followers wouldn't have too pleased if they'd realized their leader had a schoolboy crush on the woman who sang the greatest rendition of our National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl in honor of our troops who were kicking ass at that very moment in the first Gulf War.

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