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  1. Magnus Pharao Hansen
    Magnus Pharao Hansen June 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

    I think the reason he calls Baghdad and Aden socialist is that the Ba’ath party actually defined its ideology as Arab Socialism, and because South Yemen in fact was a socialist state during the 1980s. Of course in this case being socialist does equal not being the kind of Islamist that Bin Laden would consider good Muslims so there is an aspect of “not religious enough” – but it is not the same as calling Obama a socialist since both Hussein and South Yemen actually defined themselves as socialists (and at least in the case of South Yemen actually practiced socialism).

  2. Robert Parker
    Robert Parker June 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm |

    Don’t you think that “opiate of the masses” is a better, more vivid translation of what Max was trying to convey than the pedantic “opium of the people”?

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