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Hitchens does a very erudite take down of Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, and his protectors in Pakistan. Hitchens gives a good biography of Bin Laden. I learned quite a bit that I hadn't known about his childhood and his time in Afghanistan. He compares Bin Laden's dream of an Islamic state to the desires of the Fascists in the 1940s and draws some very good comparisons. Hitchens, as always, doesn't pull any punches in condemning everyone alive or dead who had anything to do with the rise of Bin Laden or his place in the media as the face of Islamic extremism. He explains how the life and death of Bin Laden are actually small potatoes, compared to the fact that there are thousands that are of like mind that are still alive. Of course, another threat is that our politicians are completely unable to be up to the task of setting real priorities, or to speak in frank language about how people living in medieval Islamic kingdoms are not allowed to live lives as human beings and will live and die in slavery.
The most gratifying part of this short is that Hitchens got to write the obituary for this pathetic wretch. It was a perfect half-hour read and well worth the time and pocket change it took to enjoy it. Keep well Mr. Hitchens and may you live to write the obituary of many more of these evil thugs.
In typical Hitchens fashion he pulls no punches, landing hard blows simultaneously against "enhanced interrogation techniques" and the misogynistic views of fundamental Islam. In this brief, yet pungent article, Hitchens posits that we have made more of bin Laden than he deserves and that bin Laden himself, far from being an educated mastermind of terror, made the grievous error of waking the sleeping giant, a misstep that caused not only his death and those of his followers, but countless innocents, often at the hands of al-Qaeda itself.
Christopher Hitchens, who became an American citizen following the tragedy of September 11th, is simply an American treasure.
I found the essay interesting yet contradictory. He says he had Bin Laden much on his mind since 9/11.
"I thought about the founder and leader of al-Qaeda almost every day, and either read something about him or wrote something about him almost every month, very persistently over the next decade."
From this writing he takes a great deal for this essay. He says he will likely continue to think about Bin Laden. "And, now that he is dead, the requirement to reflect upon him has by no means been cancelled."
Who was Osama Bin Laden in the eyes of Hitchens? "I thought then, and I think now, that Osama bin Laden was a near-flawless personification of the mentality of a real force: the force of Islamic jihad. And I also thought, and think now, that this force absolutely deserves to be called evil, and that the recent decapitation of its most notorious demagogue and organizer is to be welcomed without reserve."
To point out the needless horror and bloodshed caused by religions he says, "Internal discussions captured on disc and tape show bin Laden fretfully casting about for a way to duplicate the impact of 9/11, and again to take the war to 'the far enemy,' while many of his deputies argue for lower-cost and lower-risk 'operations' against softer targets nearer at hand; Afghan schoolgirls, perhaps, or Egyptian Christians."
In what I feel is the intent behind the essay, Hitchens says, "The war against superstition and the totalitarian mentality is an endless war." And indeed, it is.Read more ›
No one does this stuff better than the Hitch. Brilliant.
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I appreciate this author's ability to express complex ideas in a quick and understandable way, while still being interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen
As tou would expect from CH I well thought out, intelligent book. Delivered in his imitable style which few can hope to match or copy.
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This is the best primer available for free people to comprehend the evil that is radical Islam. Make up your own mindPublished 2 months ago by William T. James, Jr.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, you must read this book with an open mind and not let the author's personal belief and philosophy prejudice your examination of a pivotal... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Always love hitchens....researched and very knowledgeable man of his timePublished 11 months ago by jaimmi clayton
Hitchens. He was such a wonderful writer. Clearly and succinctly elucidates his thoughts in this essay on the evil Bin Laden.Published 11 months ago by jvm
Well-written and researched, although it felt like much of this information is outdated and I would be interested to read an updated version assessing our current enemy-du-jourPublished 16 months ago by V. Mathes
Bin Laden was a fastist, murderer, delusional and unsuccessful (in the end). Hitchens neatly summarizes why in this essay.Published 17 months ago by Alton Burton
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