Friday, May 6, 2011

"Bin Laden was a trustfunder who took up performance art."

Brendan Greely writing in Business Week on Why Bin Laden Lost:

The United States has no purpose. That is perhaps its greatest achievement. America's founding document, its Declaration of Independence, allows that a state exists only to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Now, if only someone can explain this to The Hindmost...

In a spectacular, bloody way, Osama bin Laden said, simply, "no." This is not the philosophy of a new prophet in a clash of civilizations; it's the word of a nihilist. We feared the compelling power of his ideology, but what actually resonated was his raised fist. That's why it gives him too much to call him a monster. Remember him as a thug and murderer, but also as a self-obsessed diva with a gift for timing and spectacle. Bin Laden was a trust-funder who took up performance art.
A self-obsessed diva with a gift... Hmmm, who else does that sound like...?

Go read the whole thing.

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