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Bin Laden's hysterical cocktail of racism and genocidal mania posed a grave threat, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Published 08/05/2011 | 05:00

MILITANT FURY: Muslim extremists outside the American
Embassy in London last week protesting Bin Laden's killing
MILITANT FURY: Muslim extremists outside the American Embassy in London last week protesting Bin Laden's killing

AMID the delirium that has followed the death of Osama Bin Laden, the grave question about the selective nature of Western violence looms like an angry Saturn. What are sensitive souls to make of the ugly, even brazen, contrast between the brisk dispatch of Bin Laden on foreign soil and the feet-dragging in Libya or the basic indifference to poor Syria?

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One unworthy man justified a breach of Pakistani sovereignty and a shoot-out, whereas the mass shooting of mourners in Syria scarcely merits a yawn.

Two unique Irish voices can help us make sense of these fairly cosmic international developments, Ireland being the home after all of some unusually intense reflections on the problem of violence.

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