Osama Bin Laden, Che Guevara of the XXIth century

 Ernesto Che Guevara and Osama Bin Laden seem to share more than their common battle against the American empire, both captured the imagination of millions of individuals around the world, both transcended their own national epic and identity, and both managed to become – in spite of themselves and the efforts to co-opt-in system and ideological cultural icons representative of a heroic resistance against the imperial power.

Both also were killed in action, ie in combat, allowing you to associate the fighting courage of those heroes of the nineteenth century that transformed their peoples into nations, giving them a sense of unique and distinctive identity.

 By now the twenty-first century and the huge deployment of media and social networking, the overall impact of both figures should not make us forget that, for the people and the Arab masses, the hero Osama Bin Laden is poised to become a powerful symbolic icon for millions of young and citizens Arab, have tarnished his body that had been thrown into the sea (violating Islamic precepts of burying their dead), but become a myth and legend figure.

 Something similar happened in the seventies and eighties, when from Latin America, the figure of the doctor and guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara became, since his death in Bolivia, in a symbolic detonating and mediatic image for millions of Latin American and peoples from other latitudes. Peoples always revere and celebrate the blood of its martyrs.
 
Manuel Luis Rodríguez U.
 
(Claudia Espinoza and Paula Viano Santana, journalists and  translators)

4 pensamientos en “Osama Bin Laden, Che Guevara of the XXIth century”

  1. It takes courage and integrity to overcome cognitive dissonance. It would mean the loss of self-congratulating, self-righteous, noble feelings about yourself, but it would be worth the loss in the long term. A failure to place importance on open minded, critical thinking leads to a distorted view of reality that is driven by emotional needs rather than loving and valuing the truth. It can cause unnecessary pain in a life. For example If it made you feel better to see yourself as a tough street fighter and you took that conviction to an actual street fight, you would probably wake in a hospital confused and wondering what went wrong. If you are like a lot of people you would still manage to hold on to your self-image, as a tough guy in spite of the clear evidence to the contrary. Humans beings have a strong inclination to establish a self image early in life based on an immature flippant judgment of truth, usually from someone they respect, and regardless of the facts, stick to the false beliefs through hell and high water the rest of their lives. It’s driven by a need for consistency and a positive self-image. It’s a lack of humility and an irrational belief that you are different than others – “special”. Some people fail to gain this humble attitude towards truth until late in life when it becomes more and more difficult to keep up the delusion. Ultimately we are all humbled by death and at that time in our lives reality can be a sharp epiphany of thoughts of a life wasted on immature, NOT NOBLE, self comfort. Value truth. It will serve you well. a Friend

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  2. In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.

    He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.
    As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

    Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.
    The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

    Probably wasn’t the same fucking elephant.

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    1. Tienes razon con tu acotación: hemos corregido todos los artículos con esa denominación: en las fuentes árabes originales, es Bin Laden y así queda ahora. Gracias.

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