Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Recommended Reading

I've received several e-mails, texts and messages asking for some comment on the death of Osama Bin Laden, and I've held off because I'm not sure I really have anything substantive to add to the conversation beyond the reams and reams of stuff that's already out there. Given how much agony and suffering the man caused before, during, and after 9/11, I'm certainly not shedding any tears, but there's a part of me that also recognizes his death isn't going to change the current geopolitical landscape very much. Glenn Greenwald echoes this, offering one of the best, most sober analyses of the post-Bin Laden lay of the land:
...beyond the emotional fulfillment that comes from vengeance and retributive justice, there are two points worth considering. The first is the question of what, if anything, is going to change as a result of the two bullets in Osama bin Laden's head? Are we going to fight fewer wars or end the ones we've started? Are we going to see a restoration of some of the civil liberties which have been eroded at the altar of this scary Villain Mastermind? Is the War on Terror over? Are we Safer now?
Click on the link as Greenwald expounds on these rhetorical queries.

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