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Bin Laden: Why it matters [May. 2nd, 2011|11:07 am]
Zoethe
Terrorism did not die last night. Nor did heightened security, airport feel ups, or warrantless wire-tapping. All that really died yesterday was an evil man and a few of his henchmen.

What really happened yesterday was closure - but not the closure of which you're probably thinking. Sure, the closure of avenging the attacks on the WTC is there. But the other closure is just as important, maybe more so:

A promise made to us by our government has finally been kept.

That promise wasn't kept by the president who made it. That president used the horrifying images of 9/11 as an excuse to lie to us and forward the oil imperialism agenda with which he arrived in office. That president couldn't be bothered to finish the job he started because he was too busy telling us how it was "Mission Accomplished" at the goal posts he'd been moving - and even then was wrong. That president specifically stated that Bin Laden wasn't a priority.

But the promise was still out there. And I think more than a few of us were beginning to wonder if Osama bin Laden was going to become the Middle East version of Castro, presidency after presidency hoping that the bastard would just die already. President after president lacking the wherewithal to keep the promise they'd inherited.

That didn't happen. Instead, it was only one president - the one who made the promise - who failed to keep it. President Obama took up that challenge, focused the resources needed on the problem, and fulfilled the promise.

So when you see Americans dancing in the street, realize that it's not just bloodlust over the death of one man, no matter how evil and hated he was. Realize that most of us understand that this is not the end of terrorism, and that in fact there may be retaliation arising from bin Laden's death. Realize that we are well aware of the divisions that still exist within our country and the world, and that we aren't foolish enough to think they are gone. We know it's all still there.

But we will still celebrate that a promise made to us during a generations-defining moment of grief has finally been fulfilled.
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[User Picture]From: icewolf010
2011-05-02 03:23 pm (UTC)
This is excellent. May I repost?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 03:24 pm (UTC)
Certainly! Always!
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[User Picture]From: kenakeri
2011-05-02 03:24 pm (UTC)
Beautifully said.
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[User Picture]From: dragonsflame71
2011-05-02 03:28 pm (UTC)
Completely and totally this!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2011-05-02 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely clear on this. What was this promise of which you speak? Was it "We Will Kill Osama Bin Laden"? Because if that's the kind of promise people are going to celebrate the keeping of by dancing in the streets, yes, it's entirely bloodlust, and I would like for people to own up to that, not dress it up as anything else.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2011-05-02 03:30 pm (UTC)
It was a promise to find him and bring him to justice, and as my husband said last night, there was no way we were going to be able to take him alive, his own people would have shot him before they'd allow that, and probably on his own orders.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 03:38 pm (UTC)
The promise that he wouldn't get away with it. That he was killed instead of captured and tried is in many ways unfortunate. Because I think this celebration would be happening if he was alive and in custody.

But there is tremendous relief that it's over, one way or another. And unless you are willing to say that if someone murdered your family you wouldn't want the government to bother with trying to catch him and would be sad if in the attempt to capture he was killed, then please try to be understanding.

(That being said, I'm not denying that there IS disgusting bloodlust out there - the people who were calling for defiling the body are disgusting and I'm not trying to excuse their behavior in any way. I'm just saying that there is more to it than "entirely bloodlust.")
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[User Picture]From: daenarys
2011-05-02 04:53 pm (UTC)
Actually I think it was better for some that he was killed, because his people are the sorts to kidnap people and hold them hostage, this way that can't happen.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2011-05-02 11:37 pm (UTC)
That, and let's be realistic: there's no way in hell we could have had a trial that was anything more than a show trial. Do you really think an empaneled jury would have said "Not Guilty" on him?

I'm all for trials, but I'm for not having show trials.
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-02 03:34 pm (UTC)
Do you think the dude who shot him will ever have to pay for a beer again?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 03:39 pm (UTC)
I suspect that none of the soldiers involved will be paying for their own beers for a good long time.
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-02 03:42 pm (UTC)
While I am against the people dancing in Times Square, I think if I was the guy who shot him I would have taken one of his teeth and wore it around my neck from then on.

Can you imagine how easy it would be to get laid if you had Bin Laden's tooth hanging around your neck?

"Yeah, I took this when I shot Bin Laden in the head" would have to be the most effective pickup line ever.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that would definitely be Mission Accomplished!
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2011-05-02 04:22 pm (UTC)
I kinda figured Special Forces get laid all the time, anyway
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2011-05-02 04:26 pm (UTC)
I would totally donate to the "buy them a beer" fund.

Well, if they like beer.
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
I will say that by releasing a press release today to the effect that she's going to make a movie about the assassination of Bin Laden now makes Kathryn Bigelow an even bigger piece of shit than her ex husband.

(Yes, she'd planned such a film for a long time, but really, taking today as an oppourtunity to promote a movie?)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that might backfire on her, particularly if she used the term "assassination."
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-05-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
Well the film will be called "Kill Bin Laden."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 04:02 pm (UTC)
There's much more judgment in assassinate than in kill.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2011-05-02 04:10 pm (UTC)
Excellent post!! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2011-05-02 04:19 pm (UTC)
But we will still celebrate that a promise made to us during a generations-defining moment of grief has finally been fulfilled.

Exactly! And thank you for saying it so eloquently.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It took a while to put into words. Feel free to share.
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2011-05-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
Reposted to FB, with your kind permission.
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2011-05-02 04:46 pm (UTC)
This is how I feel. Bin Ladin wounded my city; I am glad that he is dead.
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2011-05-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
I think bin Laden's death does have symbolic significance outside of the US as well. Especially combined with the Arab Spring, and its suggestion that non-violent solutions (or solutions that try to be non-violent) can be far more effective than assymetrical warfare. Really, that last might be the most important, because it makes al Qaeda appear far less relevant.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-02 04:30 pm (UTC)
I think you are right.
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2011-05-02 04:32 pm (UTC)
It gives me hope, y'know?

Now if we can just bolster civil liberties here...
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[User Picture]From: ivorywitch
2011-05-02 05:07 pm (UTC)
Absolutely awesomely put. Fucking 'A'.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2011-05-02 05:15 pm (UTC)
As usual, your words are both appropriate and accurate.
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2011-05-02 06:20 pm (UTC)
I take issue with your implication that Bush didn't take the pursuit of bin Laden seriously. The courier which led them to the compound was discovered four years ago, far before Obama took office. Maybe you like Obama's politics better (you know I don't), but giving Obama the sole credit and impugning the character of our previous president is unworthy of you. I thought you were better than that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-03 12:35 am (UTC)
Bush was the one who said Obama wasn't a priority. He was also the one who came into office wanting to take down Iraq and who overplayed the fear to start a war. I am not backing down from this.
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2011-05-02 06:49 pm (UTC)
I believe that YOU and some others (perhaps many others)realize all the things in your last two paragraphs. I don't believe that people dancing in the streets like it's a frat party gone viral/flash mob do. I do believe they think "we won! We showed 'em not to frak with the good ol' U S of A, we're BAAAAAD!" I do believe it's an ego thang with those folks. I'd love to be wrong.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-03 12:39 am (UTC)
In the initial days, yes. But in the long run they get it.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2011-05-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hey so I just heard a clip of Rush Limbaugh today *effusively* praising Obama for his decision to send special forces in to take out Osama.

In other news hell just froze over in preparation for Osama's arrival...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-03 12:39 am (UTC)
Holy cats!
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