This is excellent. May I repost?
Completely and totally this!
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.
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.
Do you think the dude who shot him will ever have to pay for a beer again?
I suspect that none of the soldiers involved will be paying for their own beers for a good long time.
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?)
Yeah, that might backfire on her, particularly if she used the term "assassination."
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.
Thanks. It took a while to put into words. Feel free to share.
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.
Absolutely awesomely put. Fucking 'A'.
As usual, your words are both appropriate and accurate.
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.
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.
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.
In the initial days, yes. But in the long run they get it.
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...