Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A symptom pretending to be a cure.

An older reference, but one that I thought worth sharing.
Books On the trail of Osama bin Laden: "John Gray's essay on the modern geo-political landscape is an immensely thought-provoking piece of work, not least for identifying the paradox at the heart of al-Qaeda, an organisation devoted to the destruction of the global civilisation that bore and nurtured it and without which it could not exist. He comes closest to a definition when he paraphrases Karl Kraus's words on psychoanalysis: 'Radical Islam is a symptom of the disease of which it is pretending to be the cure.' "

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