Why are leftists downplaying Osama Bin Laden’s death?
Suddenly, we see one article after another appearing about how Osama bin Laden was ‘irrelevant’ and ‘powerless’. Case in point, this column in The Globe and Mail:
If you talk to the kids wearing him on their T-shirts, you find they admire him as an Arab who took on the United States, who ran his own show, and who wouldn’t bow to anyone else’s agenda. It’s the way many blacks admire Malcolm X, as an icon of self-sufficient resistance, without any interest in the Marxist-tinged racial separatism he sought. Mr. bin Laden will long be remembered, but bin Ladenism is already forgotten…
Al-Qaeda has played no significant role in Afghanistan for at least half a decade, and none of the Taliban factions likely to take power there appear interested in working with this foreign Arab movement again. And, most significantly, al-Qaeda failed to take any role, even an inspirational one, in the Arab revolutions that swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria.
To answer my own question: it could very well be related to Jamie Glazov’s findings on the psychology of leftists. For some reason they do not want the ‘capitalist’ West to crush Radical Islam. (Do read Jamie’s article, by the way, it’s brilliant)