Thursday, September 22, 2005

Opportunity

I just read a fantastic article in The New Republic. In it, Husain Haqqani & Daniel Kimmage comment on a series of 430 short biographies of Iraqi insurgents. At the end, they have a suggestion I really like:

Imagine how the biography of the "hero" Al Shammari would read if it were juxtaposed with the biographies of the people he killed? What might readers in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and elsewhere in the Arab world make of a companion volume to "The Martyrs" in which each suicide bomber faced his victims, not as statistics in a war against the infidels, but as individuals in their own right?