According to new data from Yahoo’s search blog, searches related to Osama bin Laden have jumped nearly 10,000 percent since Sunday’s killing of the terrorist leader. And while most of the queries are from people somewhat in the know—”How did Osama bin Laden die?”—the fifth most popular Osama search is “Who is Osama bin Laden?”
Though he was one of the most important criminals in the world for the last decade, a significant number of people searching Yahoo have no idea who Osama bin Laden was. Thankfully, most of these people are children—two-thirds are aged 13 to 17—but, considering how the entire nation mourns every September 11, it seems a bit outrageous that even young kids don’t know Osama.
This raises the question: Is it possible that children are learning about 9/11 but not about the people and organizations behind 9/11? And if so, is it any wonder that many Americans now make blanket condemnations of Islam instead of placing the blame for terrorism where it lies—with fringe rogues like bin Laden?