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Ding, dong, the witch is dead!

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of history | May 4, 2011

Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!  Which old witch?  The wicked old witch.  The self-righteous, pathological murderer, Osama bin Laden, took a bullet in the head and is now gone. Riotous celebrations in the streets of many American cities with television images of (mostly young people) flashing “Victory!” signs, and robotically chanting, “USA! USA! USA! … Continue reading »

Revenge, retribution, justice: killing Osama bin Laden

Jonathan Simon, professor of law |

President Obama said “justice has been done.” Many headlines were more direct. “Revenge” was the headline in the Scotsman, here in Edinburgh, while the the New York Daily News went right for “Rot in Hell you Bastard.” Whatever our emotions on learning the news, the killing of Osama bin Laden by a Navy Seals “kill” … Continue reading »

The coming generation of Osamas

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | May 3, 2011

Bin Laden’s death does not make one iota of difference to the  dynamics of global terrorism. Osama was the 17th child of a man who had 57 children  – and who would have had more if he had not died in an air crash. If we are to confront terrorism then we must look up … Continue reading »