August 02, 2005
Warren G. Harding lied! People died!
Al Qaeda's clearly stated goals are grounded in a view of the world so different from, and based on assumptions so unfamiliar to, a secularized West they sound like hallunicatory nonsense. It is for this reason so many on the left mistake them for a rhetorical flourish masking sensible, economic goals that must be about peace-agreements or globalization or something. They are mistaken.
In fact, bin Laden's worldview is entirely internally coherent. It is based on a yearning for lost empire. This is a vision of a Caliphate where where impotent half-wits no longer need feel threatened by independent women or the perilous temptations of McDonald's, Disney and Britney Spears.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 2, 2005 07:17 AM
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