Where did Abdul Rahman Adja’s "binladenesque" words come from? They could not have been a response to American imperialism, U.S. foreign policy, globalization, AIPAC, or Islamophobia. Yet his words are virtually identical to those spouted ad nauseum by jihadists today who justify their bellicosity as a reaction to these U.S.-centric factors, which were nonexistent in Adja’s time. How do we make sense of this? Well, the common denominator here just happens to be the elephant in the room.