I was lounging in bed drinking coffee and reading the paper this morning about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that several of the 9/11 masterminds would be put on trial in New York, and learned a startling new fact, courtesy of a New York Timesstory by Mark Mazzetti that was excerpted in The Denver Post: Khalid Sheik Muhammed (“KSM” in National Security shorthand) is only 44 years old! Yegads. He’s younger than the President, but looks about half a generation older. (This photo helps underscore the reasons why so many men shave their beards off when they start turning gray.) I’m sure his attorney will want him to have a makeover before the trial and to dress him in a western-style suit–but my guess is that he’s going to stick with the full-on jihadi look.
I guess living in caves on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and/or in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a very aging lifestyle. (The Post ran this photo of KSM, but it didn’t appear in the original story on the Times’s website.) Here’s another higher ed fun fact: he has a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A & T, in Greensboro, class of ’86!