Compare the thoughtful and thought provoking essay by Helen to this bit of vacuous claptrap "commentary" (Lost Love) by Hendrik Hertzberg in that bastion of the Presse Ancienne, The New Yorker.
Then think about all this in the context of Samuel Huntington's famous assertion that Islam has bloody borders (evident in any number of reports from any number of spots on the globe, but let's pick Thailand out of a hat - ht StrategyPage via Instapundit). Islam doesn't only have bloody borders. Islam is spurting blood all over everything, everywhere.
Why am I supposed to care, let alone base my votes upon, what some vegetable hauler in Slovenia thinks about why Muslems kill people? Worse yet, why should I care about the opinions of murdering Islamofascists who blame their hatred and the misery they cause on "Jews" or "Israel" or "America". When's the last time some murdering Islamofascist in Thailand set eyes on a Jew or, for that matter, and American - or even their favorite excuse, a Palestinian? What are the chances that more than 5% of the murdering fascists in Thailand, of Sri Lanka, or Waziristan, or anywhere they bleat out their vile dogma, could find Palestine, or Israel, or the Unites States on a world map? How many of them have ever seen a world map or given a few minutes thought to anything about the world, other than the infidels available for killing, outside their own little slice of hell?
I don't give a rat's ass about "World Opinion", Mr. Hertzberg. Far too many "World Citizens" don't give anything any more thought than you do.
Oh, yeah, and thank you, Helen.
UPDATE: Thomas Lifson, with a bit of dark humor, has an article titled Now the truth about 9/11 can come out at American Thinker. The article is a short commentary on the Sweetness & Light article, 9/11 Hijackers Wanted To Avenge… Bosnia!
I have no way to ascertain the accuracy of such a thing, but S&L tells us that the Al Qaeda video recently shown by Aljezeera has footage of
[T]wo of the 19 Islamists who took part in the attacks, Saudi nationals Hamza al-Ramdi and Wael el-Shemari... said that their actions were inspired by an urge to avenge the suffering of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.
To which S&L gives the oddly necessary response of:
It is necessary to read (or hear) it twice to overcome that squinting, "Huh? Say what?" feeling it provokes. Mr. Lifson then sums it all up wonderfully:
The hijackers claimed they were going to fly airplanes into important buildings in New York and DC to "avenge the suffering of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya."
This is rather stunning. It is also nearly incoherent. The only conclusion I can draw is that there is a foul brew of hatred and envy, a melange of assorted grievances on behalf of Muslims from which various individuals draw their revenge fantasies.