The web has, of course, accreted lots of interesting stuff on Osama bin Laden’s death. Here is a roundup of some of the most provocative and/or my favorites.
More coverage of bin Laden’s death that you can absorb, all from Al Jazeera. Getting information from outside the US is really important, I think, because American media is so very self-absorbed. The foreign perspective can serve to keep us closer to worldwide perceived reality.
The Vatican reaction? Don’t rejoice. Instead remember your own responsibilities before God and resolve to do better.
A Pakistani resident of Abbottabad liveblogged the Osama raid on Twitter without knowing it. Technology is amazing.
I link to a lot of Glenn Greewald stuff because it is always provocative, and I think the world needs more verbal provocateurs. Here he looks at Osama bin Laden’s death and quotes from the Nuremberg trials… guess what? OBL’s killing doesn’t stand up to our own ethics from 65 years ago. We’ve fallen a long way.
Very good response on HuffPo, which implicitly appeals to virtue ethics: “What kind of nation and what kind of species do we want to be? Do we want to become a species that honors life? Do we want to become a species that embodies peace?”
Lastly, Noam Chomsky, intellectual provocateur extraordinaire. I don’t really like Chomsky that much, but he is so harsh in this piece that it creates a certain grating quality which I am appreciative of.