Bin Laden’s mission failed. Instead of rising against the West, the Arab spring movement helped drive several Middle Eastern autocrats from power. For the first time, it seemed the area might become fertile ground for democratic reform.
Then another group of hate mongers stepped into the picture.
Exploiting freedom of speech in the U.S., the makers of an absurdly cheesy film using an inflammatory depiction of the prophet Mohammed has managed to do what Bin Laden could not.
How far the current Islamic unrest will go is anyone’s guess. But it only underscores the ignorance and pent up animosity beneath the surface in the Islamic world – and the West as well. The misplaced hatred on the streets of Cairo may beget equally misplaced hate on Main Street USA. In that case, only the Bin Ladens of the world win.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez