Posts Tagged ‘laden’

Osama’s Dead, But the War Machine Sure Isn’t

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The head of the enemy in the war on terror has been dead for three weeks now. If the official story can be trusted, then Bin Laden has likely been absorbed into the aquatic food chain of the Arabic Sea.

Many Americans feel the assassination was warranted. Invading a sovereign nation, eliminating a key target and murdering his unarmed wife were all justifiable acts because America was invaded and unarmed people were murdered.

Well, perhaps Osama’s death can be rationalized. But, by this very rationale, shouldn’t Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis be entitled to the same justice? Are their lives any less valuable than American lives?

Professor Noam Chomsky weighs in on this very notion, asking “How we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic (after proper burial rites, of course). Uncontroversially, he is not a “suspect” but the “decider” who gave the orders to invade Iraq.”

By all accounts then, writes Chomsky, Bush should ultimately be responsible for “the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country and the national heritage, and the murderous sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.” Crimes which “vastly exceed anything attributed to bin Laden.”

Well, of course all human life is equally valuable. And yes, Americans are ultimately responsible for allowing their war machine to run amok.

But violence is never the answer. Invading Iraq, occupying Afghanistan, bombing Libya, assassinating bin Laden… these actions only reinforces the cycle of fear, hatred and violence, which will likely reap more of the same.

Instead, building a peaceful planet means we have to break the cycle. It’s time to recognize that we are a new generation in a rapidly interconnecting world, and we have no more room for institutionalize violence.

Take a stand and say ‘NO!’ to war.

Build Our Own Nations First

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul took to the floor today, sharing some of his eloquent wisdom.

For starters, Dr. Paul must have been here to read yesterday’s post, since he agrees that “the elimination of Osama bin Laden should prompt us to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Ron Paul also expressed his regret for authorizing the war on terror after 9/11, as the leeway he and others provided was used to “pursue nation-building and remaking the middle east” at a cost of “trillions of dollars, tens of thousands of American casualties and many thousands of innocent lives.”

Dr. Paul touches upon an interesting point. As noble the goal of spreading freedom across the Middle East, our first priority should be to stop the erosion of democracy in our own backyards.

Until we get our own houses in order, we have no business in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, or any other nation. To do otherwise is to try switching one broken system for another.

Bring the troops home. We could be investing these trillions of war dollars to get our own systems polished and proven. Then, as our society flourishes, it will inspire other nations to adopt our successful model for themselves.

Osama is Dead – End the War Now!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

(The late Osama bin Laden pictured here doing his rendition of Seinfeld’s classic ‘Heil Hitler’ bit.)

Al Qaeda is just a term assigned to an unconnected movement populated by people who share the same discontent towards foreign imperialism, and Osama was just the figurehead.

But never mind that. He’s dead now. Osama bin Laden is dead!

The war on terror is officially over!

Now we can all pack up and march out of the Middle East as quickly as we marched in. Now we’re free to truly support the troops… and bring them home!

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Morgan Spurlock, creator of Super Size Me and the TV show 30 Days, embarked on a quest to find the so-called leader of Al Qaeda in his latest documentary: Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Where is OBL

His journeys brought him to Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and Israel.  He talked to people on the street, relatives of suspected terrorists, and embedded with the US military for a day.  While he broached some serious issues, the overall tone was lighthearted and whimsical, thanks mostly to Spurlock’s affable personality.

One key point, recurring throughout, was how “extremism nourishes itself in the darkness” and “violence is birthed by economic dead ends.” Terrorist organizations find their recruits in kids with no jobs and no positive outlook… youth who are susceptible to their propaganda.

A big part of reducing terrorism can be achieved by addressing the underlying socio-economic conditions.  This point is reiterated by a US military officer (named Williams) who says with counter insurgency “killing doesn’t work.”  Instead, you need to focus on the people – give them clean water, medical clinics, schools… so that the Taliban cannot take hold.

Ultimately, what the filmmaker realized in his quest, is that the vast majority in the countries he visited (and the vast majority of people all around the world) are just like us.  Our world is full of regular people, trying to raise families and make ends meet, wishing nothing more than to live in a peaceful world.