Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Laden
May 2, 2011 1 Comment
When I first read that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US Navy SEALS, I was left in a kind of awe by the fact that this could happen on, of all days, Yom HaShoah. I thought this must be wishful thinking. But it was true.
Yet a part of me felt quite bitter, and not just because of my high bodily acidity in the mornings. Bin Laden was killed by a small, focused unit of extremely skilled fighters. Why, I thought, did we not listen to Congressman Ron Paul way back in 2001 when he introduced this bill concerning marque and reprisal of foreign enemies? Instead of a massive land war that incited religious hatred, due to perceptions of re-instituting colonialism and the killing of Muslims, Ron Paul wanted small units to hunt down Al Qaeda, such as was seen in the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Munich’. Bin Laden was eventually killed by a small unit. So was an occupation, war and an expensive unrealistic nation building exercise really necessary?
What’s worse was the fact of where Bin Laden was ‘hiding’. This bastard was living in an affluent suburb, in a large expensive house close to an army academy and the homes of Pakistani generals. His compound was protected by 18 foot walls topped with barbed wire. Remind me, someone, of how much money the United States has given the government of Pakistan for their assistance in the fight against the Jihadists? Again, it seems Ron Paul had this right all along. US taxpayers were paying Pakistan to protect Bin Laden:
Ach, perhaps this day is not one for ‘could haves, should haves’ and excessive moralizing. Instead, one may want to celebrate last nights event by watching Chuck Norris pound the living daylights out of Arab villains in one of my favorite brainless action movies of all time, The Delta Force (also starring the great Lee Marvin in his last on screen appearance):