In the 21st century with the advance of science and technology it is stunning that religious extremists literally believe in the Biblical talking snake in the Garden of Eden (ironically located in the Middle East), or the need for Jihad. Osama bin Laden was too well educated (in America and in Saudi Arabia) to actually believe that America and the rest of the world would go back in time to the 11th century version of Islamic fundamentalism. The genie of truth has come out of the bottle. There will always be a cultural struggle for power, but the age of dictators and religious zealots is over. Some of them like Bashar Assad in Syria just have not read the memo, but it is coming.