Several online supporters of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden discussed the Spanish authorities' refusal of his son's Omar asylum request today. Posts on al Hesbah militant Islamist website urged Omar to return to what they referred to as "the lands of jihad," where they said he would be admired and respected instead of humiliating himself by "begging the infidels for visas and asylum." Some members expressed confidence that that's what he would end up doing, because, they argued, he still refused to call his father man "a terrorist."
Omar, 27, accompanied bin Laden to Sudan in 1991, and from there to Afghanistan in 1996. He returned to Saudi Arabia after an apparent falling-out with his father over the September 11 attacks.