Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Bin Laden, His Death, What It Means
If you're at all interested in learning something--about Al Qaeda and where it came from, about bin Laden and what made him tick--I highly recommend Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. It's hardly an apology. Quite the contrary, I found it deeply unsettling. Fundamentalism. Terrorism. Even psychosis. These are deeply unsettling realities in a world torn apart by suspicion and rage.
But the book helps me to see people in these historic moments--angry people, faith-driven people, despairing people, murderous people, family people. It's too easy, too simplistic and too much of a cop-out to call them all monsters. We have so much to learn. And, besides all that, we have our own anger, our own violence, our own American sins to confess and repent. The euphoria around one man's murder allows for none of that.
Posted by Dave Grishaw-Jones at 9:02 PM