Why Osama bin Laden Needs to Be Sent to Hell

1. Introduction

This essay aims to show that Osama bin Laden needs to be sent to hell because of his atrocities, which led to the death of many innocent people. I will first describe his life, then his reputation as a terrorist, and finally his atrocities. I will conclude by showing how he should be punished in Dante’s Hell.

2. Osama bin Laden’s Life

2.1 His Early Life

Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia in 1957. He was the seventeenth son of Mohammed bin Laden, a billionaire construction magnate with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Osama bin Laden was raised in a privileged and religious household. He received a private religious education and went on to study economics and business administration at King Abdulaziz University. In 1979, he joined the Afghan mujahideen who were fighting against the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan. After the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia.

2. 2 His Reputation as a Terrorist

In Saudi Arabia, bin Laden became involved with the Islamist group al-Qaeda. He began calling for violent jihad against the United States and its allies. In 1996, he issued a fatwa calling for the murder of American civilians anywhere in the world. Bin Laden gained notoriety after he was accused of orchestrating the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people. He was also blamed for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, which killed 17 sailors. In 2001, he claimed responsibility for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

3. Osama bin Laden’s Atrocities

3.1 The Saudi National Guard Training Centre Bombing
newline On November 13th, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside of the Saudi National Guard training centre in Riyadh, killing five American military advisers and wounding dozens of other people. The attack was blamed on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden was indicted by a US grand jury for his role in the bombing.
newline indent Despite this indictment, bin Laden remained free until 1998 when he was finally banished from Saudi Arabia. He then took refuge in Afghanistan where he received support from the Taliban regime.
newline indent In response to the Riyadh bombing, President Bill Clinton ordered missile strikes against al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and Sudan in August 1998. The attacks killed 22 people, including an Egyptian doctor who ran an al-Qaeda guesthouse in Sudan. One of those killed was Osama bin Laden’s youngest son, Mohammed bin Laden.
newline 3.2 The Bombing of the US Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania newline indent On August 7th, 1998, suicide bombers attacked the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania simultaneously. The attacks killed more than 200 people and wounded thousands of others. The vast majority of those killed were African civilians working at or near the embassies. The US government soon determined that al-Qaeda was responsible for the bombings and that Osama bin Laden had planned and financed the attacks. In retaliation for the embassy bombings, President Clinton ordered another round of missile strikes against al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.
newline indent The attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were the deadliest terrorist attacks against America prior to the September 11th attacks.

4. Conclusion

4.1 Osama bin Laden’s Punishment in Dante’s Hell

newline Based on his crimes, it is clear that Osama bin Laden deserves to be punished in Dante’s Hell. The following are some of the punishments that he could receive:
newline 4.2 Stoning newline indent One possible punishment for bin Laden is stoning. This would be a fitting punishment for someone who has killed so many innocent civilians. The act of stoning also has a religious connotation, which would be appropriate given bin Laden’s Islamist beliefs.
newline 4.3 Canning newline indent Another possible punishment for bin Laden is canning. This would be a fitting punishment for someone who has caused so much death and destruction. The act of canning also symbolizes the suffering that bin Laden has inflicted on others.
newline 4.4 Spearing newline indent A final possible punishment for bin Laden is spearing. This would be a fitting punishment for someone who has killed so many innocent people. The act of spearing also symbolizes the violence that bin Laden has inflicted on others.


In Dante's Inferno, Osama bin Laden is portrayed as being in the Eighth Circle of Hell, reserved for those who have committed fraud. He is frozen up to his neck in ice, and his face is contorted in agony. This portrayal is significantly different from other historical and fictional accounts of bin Laden, which typically depict him as a terrorist leader who was responsible for the September 11th attacks.

From Dante's depiction of Osama bin Laden in Hell, we learn that fraud is considered to be a serious sin that merits harsh punishment. This suggests that Dante believed that people who commit fraud are deserving of punishment even after death.

The implications of this are that our understanding of justice and retribution may need to be revised in order to take into account the severity of certain crimes.