Sleeping Through History
We Got Him!
- Video And Text Of The President\'s Statement On Death Of Bin Laden : The Two-Way : NPR
President Obama addressed the nation late Sunday night to announce that U.S. personnel had killed the al-Qaida leader during a raid on a compound in Pakistan.
Curveball, or Screwball
- "Curve Ball" speaks out - 60 Minutes - CBS News
60 Minutes on CBS News: "Curve Ball" speaks out - Bob Simon interviews the Iraqi defector code-named "Curve Ball," whose false tale of a mobile, biological weapons program was the chief justification for invading Iraq.
While I Was Sleeping
I woke up the Morning of May 2nd and logged into my e-mail, where a peace and justice list had a link to something about the death of Osama Bin Laden. I dismissed it.
I went and logged onto my Facebook and got the news that it was true. American forces had tracked him to a compound in, of all places, Pakistan.
To begin with, I think the objective of this was to send a message to Libya's Col. Gaddafi. If the US can track and kill Bin Laden, anyone is vulnerable. Whether or not this possible message is heard and acted upon will be determined in the upcoming days or weeks.
The major question that needs to be asked is, "What took so long?" Why couldn't Bush do this. The answer is one that many in the American Right may not want to accept. Bin Laden was more valuable to Bush alive than dead. He was the boogeyman that was needed to keep the American People scared, for awhile it worked; Bush had a free hand to attack Americans civil liberties and pursue a war based on questionable evidence from questionable sources.
A second question now that needs to be asked is "now what", and the answer to that is not what a lot of people are going to like to hear. The 'War on Terror' is far from over.
Terrorist groups, like any other criminal organization realize that deaths within their organization go with the territory. There are likley plans for succession and reorganization. The fact that Bin Laden was likely more a figurehead or spiritual leader than a field commander may make this more a propaganda victory than anything. Al-Quadea also to many, is more of a moniker than an organization, a collection of regional terror groups as opposed to a unified movement.
With the death of Bin Laden, these regional fanatics may have a martyr and something to unite behind. I could see terrorist activities spiking in the months to come, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Palestine and Israel. Al-Qaeda could possibly grow stronger and more unified, not weaker. Combine that with how many in the Middle East see America at war not with terrorists, but with Islam in general, and we could only be seeing the beginning of a new phase.
In conclusion, I'll say that many on the right may be relieved that Bin Laden was killed as opposed to being captured. I wonder how many of them would like to be reminded of how much of this "War On Terror" has it's roots in "St. Ronnies" efforts to escalate the Cold War.