Osama Bin Laden is everywhere this morning, but from the announcement Obama made last night, I don't think the troops will be going anywhere any time soon. We're fighting Terrorism after all, not a single Terrorist. And besides, Michael Chertoff (former head of Homeland Security) is still trying to make some dough off those naked scanners. We can't have everyone relaxing now that special ops got OBL.
Personally, I think all military action should be like that concentrated operation. I don't see how blasting Afghanistan to bits and killing civilians with predator drones helps anybody at all whatsoever - but a specific target and a concentrated effort makes sense. I'm a pacifist, for sure, but that doesn't mean we don't need the military. To me, the raid on Bin Laden is precisely what the military is for.
Dick Cheney, on the other hand, thinks the military is for building and/or protecting infrastructure and territory so that we can get the dang lithium out of the mountains in Afghanistan and keep it for ourselves. What good is being a superpower if you can't occupy a country and take all their resources? If I'm remembering correctly, Donald Trump recently made comments to that effect. He's just Dick Cheney without an editor.
Maybe Osama Bin Laden has been dead since 2002, like some people claim. Maybe the World Trade Center was an inside job. What do I know? I'm a preschool teacher who believes that conflicts can be solved with words, so clearly few grown-ups pay attention to preschool teachers.
I'm pretty sure it was a good idea to deal with his body as covertly as they killed it since the media frenzy surrounding a burial at sea later this week would be beyond absurd. I've got big visions of commentators comparing his shroud to Kate's dress as they hang out of helicopters with fancy lenses from behind the "no fly zone" surrounding an air craft carrier. A 24 hour robot camera undersea, like they had focused on BP's gusher, watching the body drift in the current until it settles somewhere and is covered by shrimp. Some fool would make a special report about the kind of shrimp eating Bin Laden and Fox would say it was cat fish. And then somebody would try to sell us the fucking Cat Fish - so you could eat Osama for lunch, if you could afford it.
This society is seriously fucked up.
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