A few days ago, an interview with Omar bin Laden, one of Osama's sons, was published in Rolling Stone magazine. He was asked if his father was planning more attacks against the West. He answered:
"I don't think so," Omar says. "He doesn't need to. As soon as America went to Afghanistan, his plan worked. He has already won."
As if on cue, Osama has apparently released an audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas day airline bombing attempt on a plane bound for Detroit. In addition, bin Laden, in a direct contradiction to the words of Omar, said he is planning more attacks as well.
In 2008, Michael Scheuer questioned whether Omar is an al Qaeda disinformation agent and merely pretending to be a messenger of peace.
Omar has his own twisted logic and conflicting emotions about his father and the West, but to view him as a willing agent for al Qaeda is absurd. He would never be accepted as such a person and it is obvious from his interviews that he is at war with himself in trying to come to terms with his family obligations, his father's legacy, and his own beliefs.
Could Omar turn to the dark side and unequivocally support his father? Yes, but that hasn't yet happened. And it may never happen. The uncertainty will always remain.