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That familiar feeling

Is that Osama bin Laden dancing the flamenco? By the way, have we seen you somewhere before?

india Updated: Jan 18, 2010 23:03 IST

There was always something Hispanic about Osama bin Laden. Now our hunch has been confirmed. America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — or should we say ‘Departamento Federal de Investigaciones’ (DFI) — used an online photograph of Gaspar Llamazares, a Spanish politician, to create an image of what al-Qaeda’s top leader may now look like. Take Mr bin Laden’s beard and turban off and he does look remarkably like Mr Llamazares. Both have two deep-set eyes, one large nose, and if the elusive terrorist puckers his lips, the same kind of mouth. That the Spaniard’s picture appeared on a US government ‘Wanted’ poster should hardly mean that the two 52-year-old gentlemen don’t look remarkably similar.

There’s nothing that stops bad guys from looking like other people. Depending on your politics (and eyesight) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar can be considered a dead ringer for Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. Also, to unacquainted eyes, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can be mistaken for Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia if both of them are viewed from behind.

Mr Llamazares has now stated that he won’t feel safe travelling to the US as he may be jumped on by American law-enforcers. That may provide the ultimate clue about the al-Qaeda chief’s current whereabouts. Osama bin Laden may be sitting right now at the Congreso de los Diputados in Madrid.