Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sophomoric Zealot

I invite you to embrace Islam…It will also achieve your desire to stop the war as a consequence, because as soon as the warmongering owners of the major corporations realize that you have lost confidence in your democratic system and have begun to look for an alternative, and this alternative is Islam, they will run after you to please you and achieve what you want to steer you away from Islam. ~ Osama bin Laden

Sophomoric = “Of or relating to a sophomore; immature and silly”

As I read the transcript of Osama bin Laden’s recently released video tape, it suddenly hit me that the guy sounds like a college sophomore!

You know, for the first time in your life you have a professor explain what Capitalism really is and that it doesn’t necessarily equate with democracy. And you get really excited, share it with your dorm mates, and maybe you go to the college bookstore and buy one of those t-shirts with Che Guevara’s picture on it, and cut holes in your jeans, and wear only sandals (no matter what the temperature is) and walk around quoting what you think Karl Marx wrote. And when you go home for Christmas break, you argue with your Uncle John because he’s a Goldwater Republican—one of those bright young men who wanna go back to 1910—and an isolationist. And you just know that you’re right and everybody else is wrong and you’ll fight ‘em to prove it. But then, by the time you’re a senor, you’ve rather mellowed a bit and, even though you’re still a pinko semi-socialist and a tree hugger, you are willing to accept other people’s beliefs and even allow that they may be a bit OK and you don’t feel like fighting ‘em and you'd rather solve differences with words than with fists.

I rather think that Oama bin Laden’s intellectual and ethical growth never made it beyond the sophomore year.

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  1. Wrap a little head towel around Alex's head and I bet he'd win hands down between Osama in the intellectual department!

  2. T K KEROUAC: I could; however, knowing Alex he’d claw the towel off and make it into a nest for a cat nap.

  3. I had not thought about bin Laden as being immature. I just figured he was evil. But you may be right. Of course, I still think he and his band of terrorists are evil.

  4. Oh, well said, Nick. Immature and silly...that's our Osama. Pity he had to go one step further and become a fully fledged terrorist with everyone in the Western world after his sense at all.

  5. heheheh..that was quite funny...your description does sound pretty accurate though :D

  6. ANGUS XVII: I suppose they can be immature and evil at the same time.

    PUSS-IN-BOOTS: That’s what really hit me: that his violence makes no sense.

    LITTLE MISS MUFFET: I’m glad you picked up the satire in this post.

  7. Interesting. Of course being sophomoric does not excuse his murders.