• Hirosaki, Aomori


In Dinesh D’Souza’s Feb. 5 article, “Bin Laden, America’s left and the hysterical reaction to the ‘The Enemy at Home’ (D’Souza’s book),” D’Souza argues that “Bin Laden isn’t upset that there are U.S. troops in Mecca” — since there are no troops in Mecca. This is technically true, but Osama bin Laden was clearly upset about the presence of U.S. troops on the Arabian Peninsula, as a reading of Bernard Lewis’ translation of bin Laden’s infamous fatwa makes clear.

D’Souza is entitled to his own complaints about the modern world, but to assert that satisfying D’Souza’s complaints will also placate bin Laden is disingenuous at best.

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