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and the birthers shall becometh deathers

May 4, 2011

I was basically indifferent to the death of bin Laden.  I’m not denying that his

demise wasn’t helpful to the healing of American wounds from 9/11.  And I hope

that it brings genuine closure to those folks directly affected by the attacks, and

other OBL actions like the USS Cole bombing.  But the demonization of a horrible

enough man placed him in the Hierarchy of Evil between Hitler and Satan.

Who could live up to such expectations?  The U.S. needs a larger-than-life-itself

foe to base foreign policy on.  Pissants like the coke-dealer Manuel Noriega or the

easily-folded Hosni Mubarek just can’t cut it.  It requires an Axis Alliance or Evil

Empire or both.  As soon as W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” lost its head with the hanging/

near decapitation of Saddam Hussein, it fell on the lanky shoulders of bin Laden

to embody that responsibility.

My neutral postion on the Big Arab’s death gave me a useful vantage point for the

start of the OBL death myth.  Right after 9/11, I lost any objectivity I usually might

have had in the maelstrom of fear and anger that engulfed the nation.  Irrational

thought ruled and I was susceptible.

This time, though, I calmly studied the revisions of the official report of the raid.

I realized that an accurate account might never be known.  Obama’s critics found

fault with breathtaking speed and illogic.  He was soft on terror before the head

shot, just thinking about his poll numbers after.

And, of course, the net was awhirr with conspiracy theories that will continue to

spin out the rest of all our lives.  What a terrific break for the folks insisting that

Obama was born with a bone in his nose.  The birthers can now become deathers.

Not because they’ve repeatedly been provided with contrary evidence, but simply

because they’ve got new meat.

  1. May 4, 2011 5:48 pm

    I am like you.. indifferent to bin Laden’s death. Evil will continue without him. I am more concerned about people who tell you they are your friend, when in reality they are not. They are way scarier than someone thousands of miles away. I came to the realization many years ago that we are only told what the media wants us to hear, so it’s doubtful we will ever know the truth of any of this.

    • May 4, 2011 9:29 pm

      But the rumours will outlive us.

  2. kris (lower case) permalink
    May 4, 2011 7:30 pm

    to me the truth is osama is dead… period.. end of story. there will always be stupid irrational idiots that claim this or that. well..fuck them. i don’t really give a rats ass what they say any more than i cared about what the teabaggers/birthers say/said.

    • May 4, 2011 9:32 pm

      Don’t hold back, kris. I get the feeling that the people in your life always know where they stand with you.

      • kris (lower case) permalink
        May 6, 2011 6:54 pm

        you know everyone says that about me… can’t imagine why!

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