The other night I went to see In A Better World
, the Danish film about a doctor working in a refugee camp in Africa while his pre-teen son grapples with his own troubling experiences of anger, violence, and vengeance back in Danesby. I really disliked it, on the grounds that it was smug, self-righteous, pretentious, and predictable, and on top of that, its moral reasoning and character development were a total mess. My companion ceded all these points but nevertheless liked the film because he liked the message, which was, as far as I can tell, that you shouldn't do anything aggressive to other people unless they're so obviously, comically, committedly monstrous that you probably should have done something much sooner. So that was what we had been talking about when we heard that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces in Pakistan.
Here I argue that Bin Laden's death will help Barack Obama be re-elected
, and here I explain the thinking
behind that prediction. And here's a post about fake quotations, inspired by the mangled Martin Luther King Jr comment that was making the rounds.