An unemployed truck driver in Berlin wants to name his newborn son after alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“Osama bin Laden is a great man,” the man told a German television station. “He’s a good man for his people, for my culture.”
The man, a resident of Germany, is Turkish.
The capital of Turkey is Ankara, not Istanbul. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and it was previously called Constantinople. Before that, the city was called Byzantium.
Constantine the Great changed the name to Constantinople in 660 AD.
The area where Joe’s office is located is called Titanium Valley because of the nearby golf companies like Callaway, Taylor Made and Cobra.
Joe doesn’t play golf, but he knows a lot of people who do. He thinks that he doesn’t understand these people. Not that he doesn’t understand the game of golf; he doesn’t understand the people who play golf.
Joe has never been to Istanbul, and it’s unlikely he’d name a child after the alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. Or Adolf.
But what is that about using the name? Overusing it, rendering its stark power ineffectual?
Cunt, nigger, Osama.
Take the power back from the words. Diffuse them.
That’s not what the man in Berlin wants to do by naming his child Osama bin Laden.
Maybe, Joe thinks, those words should retain their power. Maybe they will be afforded the appropriate reverence.
What do you think?
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