Living In A Mixed Up World
Perhaps you will remember when, upon hearing that Osama bin Ladin had been killed, people across America - especially young people - took to the streets in celebration. They were rejoicing over the fact that, from their point of view, one of the main sources of extremism in the world had been struck down. For most of their lives, these twenty-somethings had grown up under the specter of Bin Ladin, Al Qaeda, fanatical Islam and the War on Terror. Bin Ladin's death was, for them, the equivalent of Dorothy's house falling on and killing the Wicked Witch of the East. Their response to the news was emphatically, "Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead!" Yet, from the perspective of these who live in the Land of Tolerance and Co-Existence , there is still the powerful sister - the Wicked Witch of the West - to contend with. That, ladies and gentlemen, would be those they view as the other extremists of the world - that is, folks like you and me.