Osama bin Laden didn’t want to be a martyr. He wanted other people to do that for him so that he could turn the world into his idealized version of the 8th century. He wanted to annihilate modernity and bury the human spirit in the darkness of his vision. He wanted to burn down civilization and remake it in his image.To this end, he deformed the course of history in the way that assassins and terrorists do, which is no accomplishment whatsoever.
I’m watching the reaction outside the White House, and it is intense. The way the emotions crest is primal, a tribal rhythm pulsing, a chanting collective. I didn’t expect any of this, that’s for sure. I badly need to sleep. Good night.