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      Geronimo and Osama

      (Geronimo / Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1905)Last night I wrote the following lines about our tradition of demonizing enemies:

      John Quincy Adams long ago urged that American foreign policy should be based on the principle that “she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”

      As history turned out, however, our governments have identified and defined many monsters, from Crazy Horse and Geronimo on to the present. The underlying theory has been that demonic conspirators provoke, lead and manipulate insurgent movements, and that silencing them will end the threat.

      It turns out that Osama Bin Ladin’s code name was “Geronimo”.

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