We Know That We’re the Good Guys

by Norman Horowitz

There was a nameless black and white movie I remember from the forties where two inebriated men go the roof of their apartment building to shoot fireworks at each other on the Fourth of July. One of the men says to the other “Okay, you be the bad guys and I’ll be the good guys.” The other man replies, “Why do I always need to be the bad guys?” The response was: “Because I always need to be the good guys.”

Like most Americans, I’m pleased that we have “eliminated” Osama bin Laden. However, it got me to thinking: Why does everyone else “have to be the bad guys”? I answer myself that is because “we need to be the good guys.”   Continue reading “We Know That We’re the Good Guys”

We Do Not Excuse, But We Must Understand

I don’t give Robert Fisk enough praise. No other Western reporter even comes close to him in covering the Middle East.

The fact that Fisk interviewed Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions should be evidence enough that his is a voice to be listened to in the wake of the mass murderer’s death. As usual, he says what we need to hear, though not necessarily what we want to*:

A middle-aged nonentity, a political failure outstripped by history — by the millions of Arabs demanding freedom and democracy in the Middle East — died in Pakistan yesterday. And then the world went mad.   Continue reading “We Do Not Excuse, But We Must Understand”