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:: August 20, 2002 ::
Ponderous piece about al-Qaeda

Lee Harris wrote a long analysis about al-Qaeda and September 11th, which was published by the Wall Street Journal. His somewhat pedantic article goes on about everything from Aztec King Montezuma, to the game "Dungeons and Dragons." Harris ultimately makes the point that Osama bin Laden was an actor within a kind of "theater" based upon "radical Islamic fantasy ideology."

He concludes, "We are fighting an enemy who has no strategic purpose in anything he does--whose actions have significance only in terms of his own fantasy ideology."

However, Harris failed to cite bin Laden's most obvious parallels, such as Shoko Asahara of Japan, who gassed the subways of Tokyo in 1995 to initiate "Armageddon," or Charles Manson who believed a series of murders would facilitate his fantasy called "Helter Skelter." Both men, like most destructive cult leaders, were possessed by "fantasy ideology."

Simply put Osama bin Laden can easily be seen as both a cult leader and a psychopath. And the "martyrs" who murdered some 3,000 Americans on September 11th, as his "brainwashed" followers. To see the longer version click here.

[Posted by Rick Ross at 05:32 PM][Link]
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