|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,
Rose inspires Bulls to ground Hawks and take 3-2 lead
LOS ANGELES LEAGUE most valuable player Derrick Rose put the Chicago Bulls on his back again on Tuesday night, and received an unexpected late lift from the bench.
Rose poured in 33 points, reserve Taj Gibson had all 11 of his in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls charged past the stubborn Atlanta Hawks 95-83 to take a 3-2 lead in its Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
“Derrick was terrific tonight,” said Bulls and NBA Coach of the Year Tom Tibodeau of his star guard, who had also scored 11 fourth-quarter points to go along with nine assists.
“He had a good balance.
He distributed the ball well and we need him to shoot like that to win.” The Bulls also needed Gibson, who made all five shots in the decisive final frame.
“I don’t think Taj knows how good he is,” Rose said.
“His energy is great.
I’m glad he was hitting everything tonight because he was opening things up.” Luol Deng netted 23 points while Carlos Boozer and Keith Bogans contributed 11 apiece for the top-seeded Bulls, who outscored their guests, 26-15 in the final 12 minutes.
“Tonight the game was close and we turned it up in the fourth quarter,” Deng said.
“Our defence was great.” The Bulls can close out the best-of-seven series with a victory in Atlanta on Thursday night and move into their first conference finals since 1998.
“There’s something big in front of us and we can’t fool around,” Rose said.
“Our preparation has to be right because the next game is the biggest of our life.
That’s the way we have to go into the game thinking, because we know it’s going to be a war in Atlanta.” Jeff Teague scored 21 points, Josh Smith had 16 and Joe Johnson added 15 for the fifth-seeded Hawks, who missed 11-of-16 fourthquarter shots and committed four turnovers.
“We struggled offensively in the fourth,” said forward Al Horford, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“We couldn’t contain Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson played great.” The Hawks head home looking to stay alive.
“The series is not over,” Smith said.
“We have to go in and play with a ton of energy on Thursday.
We have to do a better job keeping Derrick Rose out of out paint.
If we do that, we should be coming back here for a game seven on Sunday.”