Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 2, 2011

Editor’s note: Chris Hedges made these remarks about Osama bin Laden’s death at a Truthdig fundraising event in Los Angeles on Sunday evening.

I know that because of this announcement, that reportedly Osama bin Laden was killed, Bob wanted me to say a few words about it … about al-Qaida. I spent a year of my life covering al-Qaida for The New York Times. It was the work in which I, and other investigative reporters, won the Pulitzer Prize. And I spent seven years of my life in the Middle East. I was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I’m an Arabic speaker. And when someone came over and told Jean and me the news, my stomach sank. I’m not in any way naïve about what al-Qaida is. It’s an organization that terrifies me. I know it intimately.


via Truthdig

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Classand The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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16 thoughts on “Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

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  11. Yes,, we know this, and have known it for some time now, in part to many of your splendid articles. Point is,, do you have any suggestions about how we can go about righting this ship called our federal government ? Any suggestions ? We knew all this eight years ago. I don’t mean to sound like an insolent type,, but what can we do now ?

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  16. Chris, you lost me when you compared Bin Laden to Hitler as a spiritual mentor, a kind of figure that held up an ideological ideal. First of all, Hitler was no spiritual mentor. He was a charismatic leader who used dark powers of the mind to appeal to the basest instincts of crowds as mobs. He was a military leader who planned strategic campaigns. He was a petty malcontent until he was financed and armed by Wall Street capitalists who wanted to profit from a war. I am in total agreement with you about how wrong it is to use the brute force of empire. And you are probably right in saying that bin Laden was a figurehead, but I question this reconstruction of Hitler that you’re espousing.

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