The production of Osama bin Laden’s body — dead or alive — will soon be in our future as will the body of Saddam Hussein hanging dead from its neck.
We will have successfully produced the body — but are we perpetuating the ghost?
Do Osama and Saddam have more value and resonance in death than they had in their lives?
Is there a downside to assassinating charismatic madmen?
By providing their deaths, have we gifted them immortality and martyrdom and a reason for their evil example to be followed by others?
How should bad people be dealt with in the world?
Can we heal the wounds terrorism rips open by engaging in a dialogue with the neighbors of the terrorists?
Is conversation better than condemnation?
Is it possible
to somehow provide safety as a value to the neighborhood so when
strangers begin to gather next door, or when a ruckus is made down the
street by the previously good-intentioned, the neighbors on each side
take on the policing and the setting right of the behavior by their own
hands in order to remain a positive force in the community and to stay
in the good graces of the international friendship of people?
When did we lose the value of negotiation and begin to favor demands
set with bombs and bullets?
Why is conversation considered weak while killing innocent neighbors in
the effort to eradicate the bad influence in the community midst is
matter-of-fact policy instead of madness of the mind?