Thanks, Osama

Osama Bin Laden is back, apparently.  Here is a link to Althouse.

After Ahmadinejad’s letter, I don’t know what to say…it’s all so sudden.  As an American citizen, I’m flattered.

In his address, Bin Laden implores us to stop the invasion in Iraq.  Opportunistically, he’s again aiming all the angry, dispossesed, and idealogically driven zealots directly at us.  After our obvious failures in Iraq, it’s getting easier for him to do.  

There may be some important things we can learn from Bin Laden.  The most important might be how to reflect after the kind of grievous, morally appalling attack such as the one we experienced on 9/11.  Bin Laden is despicable, but well versed in such games, by him and against him.  That has been his life.

Can we justify violence and righteous hatred?  Do we find destructive, but soothing reasons for our actions?  Do we lash out blindly?

I think it’s time to have this discussion.  Each day is a day we may become more like him, and give him more strength. 

How do we engage the arab world, anyways?

Addition:  Why grant Bin Laden any status at all by use of such an analogy?  

Well…why keep using so many resources to pursue him? 

Which costs more? 

I know I’m on shaky ground with this argument, but it seems worth pointing out.

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