A writer on the Daily Kos front page insists bin Laden is not evil, but nevertheless worries he might be a neoconservative:
So is Osama bin Laden truly “evil?” Most people who lost family members at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 would probably consider him to be evil. Was President Ronald Reagan evil? Most residents of Beirut who lost family members when the USS New Jersey rained 2,700 pound Mark 7 shells on residential neighborhoods in 1983 during the Lebanese Civil War probably considered Reagan to have been evil. Bottom line? Bin Laden is no more evil than other revolutionary leaders in other times or even than ordinary national leaders who propel their countries to war for “national honor,” or to acquire the resources of others, or even to “do good.”
So if bin Laden, if looked at dispassionately and analytically, is neither absolutely “crazy” nor utterly “evil,” what is he?
Bin Laden is a serious and wily adversary who knows how to manipulate the Arab “street.” He is intelligent and well-informed– clearly far better informed about the U.S. and the West than the apparatchiks and their bosses in the current White House are informed about him and his region of influence. Bin Laden thinks strategically and takes the long view; he is tactically flexible and is not afraid to retreat to attain an ultimate strategic advantage. Unfortunately for the U.S., he probably has a 40 point I.Q. advantage over the current occupant of the White House.
Perhaps we are missing something in the translation from the Arabic, but bin Laden appears to be stating that the interests of the Mujahideen overlap with the interests of major corporations and of neoconservatives.
But, wait, I thought he wasn’t evil?
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