Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg peeks out of a chauffeured car upon arriving at the Élysée Palace for the G8 summit. Zuckerberg, who usually slumps around Silicon Valley in jeans and sandals, got all gussied up, donning a rare suit and tie before delivering a thundering speech to world political and business leaders. The Zuck discussed Facebook’s role in the Arab Spring and argued against Internet regulations proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying, “You can’t isolate some things you like about the Internet and control other things you don’t.”
Talking to its enemies is not something that has ever come easily to America, but that’s the way most wars end. And as President Obama has at last acknowledged, it’s the way the 10-year war in Afghanistan must and should end.
It is now 40 years since Kissinger went on his secret mission to China. Since then he has visited the country more than 50 times. And if there is one thing he has learned, it is this: the real fool’s errand is to lean on the Chinese.
In the aftermath of the raid on Abbottabad, all the big questions need to be answered by Pakistan. The old flimflam (“Who, us? We knew nothing!”) just isn’t going to wash, must not be allowed to wash by countries such as the United States.
1. Two helicopters drop SEAL Team Six in an open area inside the high walls. One crashes and is later blown up.
2. The SEALs spread around the compound, securing the open areas and a small building.
3. Troops then move to the main house. Two of bin Laden’s couriers and one woman are killed.
4. The firefight continues as SEALs move to the second and third floors, where bin Laden’s family lived. On the third floor, they find bin Laden and kill him with shots to the chest and head. Bin Laden’s son Hamza is also killed.
5. The team flies out, taking bin Laden’s body, documents, and computers.
The New Mexico–born Anwar al-Awlaki, a Colorado State grad, seems best positioned to lead Al Qaeda’s response to the new Arab world order. He will doubtless play a bigger ideological role going forward.
One of bin Laden’s followers wrote that the trouble with democracy is that it encourages people to love life too much and fear death, and to become unwilling to perform jihad. What bin Laden and that writer fail to understand is that there are people who do love life but who love freedom more and are willing to risk their lives for it.