A Pygmalion resides in both of them. They are, to an extent, sculptors.
In turn, these two sculptors, Obama and Osama, are examples of how extraordinary men â€“Â when struck by the power of ideas, ideals and dreams, regardless of the cause â€“Â go on about sculpting their Galateas â€“ their statues, dummies or puppets.
Each is in love with a statuesque vision, a set of ideals or dreams that they have sought to breathe life into.
Whether Pygmalion or Narcissus, Obama and Osama share a realist’s vision of how power is wielded.
As a result, Obama’s state and Osama’s base (literally, “Qaeda”)-less state shamelessly deploy violence. Both are thus in love with a Galatea that is caught in an unstoppable archaeology of death and war-making.
Regardless of victimhood or guilt, both are victims of the ideals and ideas they are in love with, and in their pursuit â€“ a Godly transcendence or the deity of modernism and capitalism â€“ they construct myths, guards, weaponry, and languages to match.
For Obama, he killed Osama â€“ legally or not is not the point.
The point is that this moment will form a meaningful moment only if the ghosts of hatred, hubris, and violence are laid to rest â€“ with Osama â€“Â and the endless witch-hunt for the timeless terrorist Muslim or Osamas re-incarnate is reflected on for the sake of permanent reconciliation and collective healing – and a collective Galatea is sculpted of new futures, new understanding, and new possibilitiesâ€¦
It is rare that peace comes from war. But let us hope winning the 9-11 war which Osama brought to us with attacks will bring closure and perhaps, just perhaps as the author says above, we will find “new futures, new understanding, and new possibilities…”