I don't need to ask Osama Bin Laden anything, other than whether or not he'd like me to kick his ass into oblivion or cut off his head with a rusty shovel:
“Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, ‘listen man,what is it that you’re so angry at me about that you’re willing to have people strap bombs to themselves, or get inside of airplanes and fly them into buildings.’ That would be the miracle if we can get, sit down and talk to our enemies and find a way for them to hear us.” – Matthew Modine
There's a reason why you shouldn't go to actors or celebrities for political insight. Now, were I an actor or a celebrity, fine, you could still come to me for advice and information. But, my acting and celebrity activities would detract from my brilliant analysis, and, in the end, I'd end up half-assing everything. I refuse to do that. I also refuse to allow myself to be blinded by ideology or a misguided sense of being fair and reasonable. Some things you just don't need to debate.
For example, a man who starts a terrorist organization and sends ignorant followers out to die isn't a reasonable person, and debating such a person has to sort of begin with this premise--what is it about killing innocent people that you don't understand? The thing I hate to have to point out to you is this--at what point did Mr. Bin Laden extend to the multitude of his victims the courtesy of a sit-down and a chat?
Some of our enemies talk to us on a daily basis--that's what we call "diplomacy." You extend diplomacy to the reasonable and the not-so-reasonable. You don't extend that courtesy to a stateless killer who demonstrates fundamentalist tendencies and homicidal beliefs. At that point, no, you don't reason with the unreasonable. You don't negotiate or banter with people who have made up their minds to conduct themselves like animals. You need merely to destroy them. Making a concerted effort towards understanding them would legitimize their insanity.