Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bin Laden: An Emissary Of Peace?

I don't know about you, but I love a good heart-warming story as much as anyone. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel there is some good to be found, in the midst of some bad things. Nothing wrong with silver linings, but there are some moments in time when caution is wise and prudent.

Take this latest story about the son of Osama bin Laden, for instance.

Omar Osama bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to his notorious father—except for the dreadlocks that dangle halfway down his back. Then there's the black leather biker jacket.

The 26-year-old does not renounce his father, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but in an interview with The Associated Press, he said there is better way to defend Islam than militancy: Omar wants to be an "ambassador for peace" between Muslims and the West.

Maybe I failed to successfully emerge from Erickson's "Trust Vs. Mistrust" stage of development with C's or better, but this outreach program is not going to be an easy sell. It's one thing to speak to a reporter about wanting to bridge gaps between the Muslim world and the West, but it's quite another to actually do it.

There's bound to be a lot skepticism and doubt that this communique will generate, So, don't think it strange when most realistically grounded people blow this off. Mr. bin Laden hasn't said what he plans to do to implement this grandiose strategy. And what that usually means is, there is no plan, just talk.

Again, I think it would be great to have someone from the Muslim world look hard at establishing a realistic worldview and becoming better able to work against terrorist forces everywhere they exist. I think this way, because I think it's sorely going to be needed in any long-term solution to the hostilities that exist, between the two worlds. But until I see something more definitive than rhetoric and feel good statements laced with hope and vision, I cannot be optimistic.


Greg said...

I don't think a bridge needs to be built b/w the West and muslims. We have some friends in the muslim world as it is (see, kurdish iraqis, lebanese democrats, afghan nationals, etc). The enemies we have there, well, we have them for good reason and no bridge should be built to those racist pig religious maniacs.

Anyway, we should continue to support Muslims that share our values. And we should burn any bridges with those that don't, like the Saudi Royal Family, eg.

Anonymous said...

Because I know you like heart-warming stories, I sent you one in email today.

Now it so-happens that Bin Laden, as an emissary of peace, has much in common with the email story. I will let you determine what that is, or if it is even worthy of further discussion.

We must be wary of foreign entanglements. On the other hand, I didn't see Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize coming, either.