"I DESPISE Osama bin Laden, the medieval obscurantist savage. The difference is I have always despised him even when Britain and America were giving him weapons, money and diplomatic and political support."
That speech, which won me the Parliamentary Debater of the Year award, was given on the recall of the Commons after 9/11.
Younger readers may be unaware that Bin Laden was once a key member of the western coalition fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. One of the Rambo movies carried a dedication saluting his "freedom fighters".
He could have had no complaints at being gunned down by Americans, having inspired the slaughter of so many of them. But that this fanatic movement will continue is surely obvious.
And, of course, the swamp of bitterness and hatred out of which he and his followers mutated and climbed becomes ever deeper and more bloody. A swamp sewn by the western powers with whom he was once in league.
A swamp watered by injustice. By blanket support for the crimes committed against the Palestinian people. By endless occupation and bombardment of Muslim countries by western forces. And by propping up virtually every dictator in the Muslim world.
"If our problems could only be solved by zapping this bearded turbaned Mephistopheles we would be lucky indeed," I said a decade ago.
Zapped he now is in an operation of which Rambo would have been proud. But when we leave the cinematic glow of the killing of public enemy No1, we will find, I suspect, many more are emerging from the swamp.