I wrote the post below back in May, 2011 just after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. “Watch what happens next,” I wrote, “as the death of bin Laden helps ignorance and hatred to grow, not diminish.”
Since then, according to this week’s issue of Time magazine, “The number of radical Islamic groups has increased nearly 60% in the past four years, according to a June study by the Rand Corp, while attacks by al-Qaeda and its affiliates—a category that doesn’t even include ISIS—have tripled. Al-Qaeda now seeks to radicalize India’s Muslims, even as militants multiply in post-Gaddafi Libya.”
Here is my original post:
Obama says the world is safer with the death of Osama bin Laden and I’d like to say why, in fact, it is less safe.
Ignorance and hatred do not live and die with any one person. They are not qualities you can kill. They are only qualities you can transform.
How do we transform ignorance and hatred? By facing those qualities within ourselves; by confronting the very hard truth that what drove bIn Laden to kill is the same as what drives us to kill: retaliation and retribution for perceived injustices.
Until we all face our culpability in the world we have created, hatred and ignorance will not only remain, they will become more powerful.
Watch what happens next, as the death of bin Laden helps ignorance and hatred to grow, not diminish.
We are in for very hard times.