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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Osama Bin Laden is Dead

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Well, in some of the biggest American news since 9/11, the TV is reporting that an American ground operation in Pakistan killed Osama Bin Laden. I’m watching Obama as I type, giving the most important speech of his career. I’d say I don’t know what to say, but I’d be lying. The first thing is simple, who the hell knows what this means. And President Obama just ended his speech. We have Osama’s body, a chapter in American history is over, what now? In no particular order, my random observations on this breaking news:

The first one is easy. Take anything from any source with a wheelbarrow of salt. Use the brain to interpret events, remember, leaders are always lying. To be more on point, Obama is the consummate politician, whatever he says is designed to improve his position, period. This is normal for heads of state. Most of what is passing for commentary about Osama’s death is going to be gibberish since it will be based on American propaganda about the “war on terror.” And call me a little skeptical, but the fact that Osama’s body has already been disposed of is sure to raise some conspiracy theories. It will be hard to spot the freezer burn with no body. The timing of this is certainly convenient as well, there’s a lot going on now that American’s need to be distracted from.

Moving right along, assuming Osama is really dead, what does this mean? Well, a lot of happy Americans for one. Osama was the perpetrator of a terrible crime, it’s hard to be anything but happy at his demise. Other than that, well, his death doesn’t mean all that much. Al Qaeda by its very nature is not a centralized organization, this won’t in any way, shape, or form end Al Qaeda. Nor will it end our “war on terror” since said war as never really about fighting terrorism at all but simply a propaganda cover for an interventionist colonial foreign policy.

In fact it’s entirely possible that a new “terrorist mastermind” will emerge from the shadows. It’s also possible that Osama had a videotape prepared to be released upon the event of his death, calling on his followers to carry on without him, yadda yadda yadda. I would hope that maybe America can leave 9/11 behind finally, but sadly the USA just loves to nurse old wounds forever. Very few Americans understand just how many innocent people we killed in the wars we unleashed in the name of 9/11, IE we spent the decade since 9/11 more inspiring and creating terrorists than fighting them, so one less terrorist isn’t really a big deal. And it may even rally some of Osama’s followers somewhere to a new 9/11 style attack. Great.

I guess in summation I’m mostly depressed by this turn of events. Since it’s not really going to make a difference in America’s foreign policy, nor is it going to inspire any meaningful dialog on just what the hell we have been doing overseas the past ten years. The political boost Obama gets from this may prove to be short lived indeed, it may even turn into his “Mission Accomplished” moment. When all is said and done, we bankrupted ourselves and created some terrible festering problems overseas the past ten years, none of that is going to be changed by Osama’s death. In fact most people’s elation will likely last until the next time they fill their gas tank. It will still be $5 a gallon.

A good summary of what has transpired so far can be found here. I did say this was going to be an interesting summer, and it’s sure starting out with a bang. Stay tuned for more exciting developments.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit. Credit and copyright: Photo of Arlington Cemetery from the 2008 DCist Exposed show by cstein96. I wish I could be more upbeat about Osama’s death, but so so many innocent people are dead and are still going to die because of this man, it’s hard for me to be particularly gladdened. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy is the best I can muster.)


Written by unitedcats

May 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

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  1. I have very similar feelings. I was actually saddened by the killing…it was a killing which disturbed me, not who was killed. I felt a bit empty and hollow inside…even a bit scared. Now what awaits us? Mission accomplish? I think not.

  2. This is exactly what I think. I feel the only good from “getting” OBL is it offers closure to those families who lost someone on 9/11.


    May 3, 2011 at 4:54 am

  3. Well, now we need a new boogieman to manipulate the sheep. As for closure, OBL was never really connected to 9-11.

    “Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”

    Still no mention of 9-11…..


    May 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

  4. It seems very suspicious to me. There had been many news reports saying Osama’s been killed over years, like here:…
    and here:…

    But none of them turned out to be true. So why dump his body so quickly if it could verify it beyond doubt? Hiding something perhaps? They said it was “according to Islamic practice”, but a quick google search of “burial at sea islamic” will tell you there’s nothing Islamic about it.

    Plus there’s so much spin surrounding this story already. Like statements that the “intel” leading to his location came from the torture of one of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, thereby vindicating the use of torture of prisoners and Obama’s refusal to close down Guantanamo like he promised. Then they’re also saying Osama used his wife as a “human shield”, just in Call of Duty: Black Ops!? That’s comical. Textbook smear.

    Added to Obama’s sagging popularity, economic downturn and likelihood of been a one term president. It does not make a very credible case. Until we get actual proof, I’d say its best to wait and see.

    Mary Jarin

    May 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

  5. I totally agree. Seems it just came at the perfect time for Obama…


    May 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

  6. If anyone actually BELIEVES the govt BS, then let me tell you about the space ship that landed in my backyard last night..


    May 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

  7. Doug,

    Very well writtten. You are alway fair and did not go with the majoirty of people who came out in joy about the news.

    There are many more questions on my mind, why was Osama Bin Laden living in prominent huge mansion, which attract immediate attention.

    What was the rush to dump his body in the sea which is about 800 miles away from Abbottabad? Why this huge mansion was unnoticed for so many years?

    Thanks alway good to read your posts.


    May 4, 2011 at 4:27 am

  8. Hello Doug,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now, and I came across this article. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I just can’t believe that one man, one man could elude a whole country looking for him for so long, just to end up dead at such a good time.

    I’d love to read your thoughts on this.


    May 5, 2011 at 1:41 am

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