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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read.
If you're well read on the "war on terror", there is probably nothing you don't already know about Osama bin Laden or haven't read from other sources. For me however it was a brief but informative read on an infamous man. Not essential reading, but for the price of a cup of coffee, you should pick it up. And you'll easily finish it in the same time you could have drunk...
Published on 17 July 2011 by K. M. Folson

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This is no more than a newspaper article whic I mistakenly bought thinking it to be a full length book,
An OK read but not worth the money
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read., 17 July 2011
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If you're well read on the "war on terror", there is probably nothing you don't already know about Osama bin Laden or haven't read from other sources. For me however it was a brief but informative read on an infamous man. Not essential reading, but for the price of a cup of coffee, you should pick it up. And you'll easily finish it in the same time you could have drunk said coffee and as always with Hitchens, my vocabulary expands a little after consuming each of his works.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and stark reminder of why we fought / fight bin Laden, 3 Feb 2013
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A year or so before he succumbed to cancer Christopher Hitchens told Jeremy Paxman in a poignant interview a few of the things he would like to see before he died. One of those things was to see Osama bin Laden caught or killed. In this brilliant essay The Hitch reminds us (and bin Laden's apologists, including the former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit) exactly who bin Laden was, the appalling ideology he stood for (the creation of a 21st century Islamic Caliphate by any murderous means), and why it is important to refute bin Laden's (false) claim that he ventriloquised the wretched of the earth.

Hitch's essay should be read by anyone who appreciates clarity of thought on the bin Laden issue. He very convincingly posits al Qaeda as a new strand of Orwellian totalitarianism which must be challenged both intellectually and militarily. Indeed, his comparison of al Qaeda with fascism is spot on:

'al Qaeda explicitly calls for the establishment of a totalitarian system, in which an absolutist code of primitive laws - most of them prohibitions - is enforced by a cruel and immutable authority, and by medieval methods of punishment. In this system, the private life and the autonomous individual have no existence. That this authority is theocratic or, in other words, involves the deification and sanctification of human control by humans makes it more tyrannical'

Hitch lived just long enough to see the death of bin Laden. If Zero Dark Thirty shows us how it happened, this essay reminds us why it needed to happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and competently executed., 22 Feb 2013
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This was written in answer to an unusual opinion about bin Laden, and Hitchens competently takes to task those who see bin Laden's campaign as anything other than evil. I was, and am, anti-war, but Hitchens compels me to remind myself that I am also anti-aging Laden. Read, and think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and informative, 24 Nov 2013
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In Christopher Hitchens usual style; really well written, eye-opening and straight to the point. I would definitely recommend a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars These amazon short articles are a rip off, 10 April 2014
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This is no more than a newspaper article whic I mistakenly bought thinking it to be a full length book,
An OK read but not worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchens rides again, 17 Mar 2014
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Recommended as commentary by the late Christopher Hitchens, who was one of our most talented analytical and provocative modern writers
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4.0 out of 5 stars War and terror, 16 Aug 2013
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Brilliantly lucid.
Succinct and detailed.
A must read for anyone in need of clarity in the case for the war on terror.
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