|Celebrating A Killing|
|MAN is shot in the head, and
joyous celebrations break
out 7,000 miles A away.
Although Americans are in
full agreement that the
demise of Osama bin Laden is a good
thing, many are disturbed by the revelry.
We should seek justice, not
vengeance, they urge. Doesn´t this lower
us to "their" level? Didn´t the Rev Dr
Martin Luther King Jr say, "I will
mourn the loss of thousands of precious
lives, but I will not rejoice in the death
of one, not even an enemy"? (No, he did
not, but the Twitter users who popularised
that misattributed quotation last
week found it inspiring nonetheless.)
Why are so many Americans...|
|THE FORCE OF
|WATCHING the talk
shows, thinking about
the tumultuous last
reflecting on the death
of Osama bin Laden, I feel grateful
for many things but not least this:
the invisibility of the heroes.
For once it is the deed itself that
speaks. The deed, so often lost in
this age of celebrities and reality
shows and Donald Trump´s monumental
ego, stands unadorned. In
its daring, its professionalism and
its effectiveness, the deed is there,
making words look cheap.
The deed was that of the 79 US
commandos, who have met with
President Obama, and who are
known to one another, but are
unknown to us. For secrecy is their
Dispatched from Jalalabad,
Palermo stuns Milan to reach cup final
ROME PALERMO kept its dream of a first ever piece of silverware and a place in Europe next season alive by beating newly-crowned champion AC Milan on Tuesday to reach the Itaian Cup final.
Giulio Migliaccio and a Cesare Bovo penalty gave the Sicilians a 2-1 win on the night in the semi-final, second leg and 4-3 aggregate success following a 2-2 draw in Milan three weeks ago.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled a goal back for Milan deep into injury time.
Palermo will face either holder Inter Milan or Roma in the final on May 29, in what will be its third Cup final.
It was a remarkable turnaround for Palermo coach Delio Rossi, who was sacked in late February only to be reinstated five weeks later.
“I told the President (the controversial Maurizio Zamparini) that I would come back but first I had to talk to the team,” explained Rossi.
“I told the lads that we had to roll up our sleeves and take Palermo to the heights.
“It’s a great group built on good values, a historic group.
“Over the 180 minutes we deserved to go through.” Due to its league position, Palermo need to win the final to reach next season’s Europa League.
Both sides finished the game with 10 men after the game exploded into life in a combustible second period.
Milan for its part looked jaded, as if it had spent too long celebrating its Serie A title success on Saturday night.
And coach Massimilano Allegri said he had nothing to reproach his players about.
“We had several chances, starting with Robinho after barely a minute,” he said.
“Palermo played very well but we did well in getting to the last third and then we didn’t manage to finish things off.
“Even so, I’ve got nothing to reproach the lads over.” In a tight first half of few chances, Robinho wasted a glorious early opportunity when left all alone only to shoot over.
Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini was next to try his luck but from an impossibly tight angle with goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu blocking at his near post.
Palermo’s best chance in the opening period came on the quarter hour mark when playmaker Javier Pastore thrashed an effort high and wide.
Milan had another sight of goal five minutes after the restart but after digging the ball out from under his feet, Pato dragged his shot wide.
Palermo started to up the ante and took a deserved lead on 63 minutes after their pressure forced a corner.
Migliaccio made a determined run into the box and evaded his marker to plant a diving header into the bottom corner.