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  •  Firstly, (3+ / 0-)
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    that he's a mass murderer doesn't mean he isn't able to tell us why he perpetrated the killings.

    Secondly, what matters is not so much what Bin Laden himself thinks, but why movements and ideologies like his enjoy the extent of support or even sympathy that they do. That, I think, is what's really important, and IMO it has nothing to do with religion. The causes are complex and they vary, but certainly the fact that many people around the world share legitimate grievances against the West certainly creates sympathy for groups like al-Qaeda.

    •  Nothing to do with religion? (0+ / 0-)

      It has everything to do with it.

      How many Christians are in Al Qaeda?

      Anyone who sympathizes with AQ should have their heads examined.  Sympathize with groups seeking non-violent constructive solutions, not butchers.

    •  You both have a point... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...bin Laden is no more honest in his statements than Cheney; both are attempts to gain support for their point of view.  But, while not honest, bin Laden's statements do give us a valuable window into his own strategic thinking and plans for the future.

      The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

      by Jay Elias on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 04:25:52 PM PDT

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