Monday, May 2, 2011
Four Weddings & A Funeral
Ok so maybe just one wedding and not four,but boy was it a week filled with newsworthy stories!
I'm not usually one for following royalty and all that it stands for, but there was something about watching the wedding of William and Kate that makes you forget all the bad things happening in the world during those few short hours. It was like suddenly fairy tales did come true and there were no bad guys left in the world.
In short, it was special, and coming from a cynic like myself that's saying something.
A few days later and we soon realized that the fairytale is over and that bad guys do exist.
I woke up this morning to news that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed in Pakistan by a team of Navy Seals. Ok, so forgetting that we've been told this before 3 years ago by the Americans, I decide to accept this news with an open mind. Within an hour there were already reports coming out from CNN, the BBC and SkyNews which concerned me and suddenly I questioned that open-mindedness I had earlier.
America had sent Navy Seals to Pakistan to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden without the permission of the Pakistani authorities first. Really? When did Pakistan become the 51st State of America? When did it lose it's sovereign status? When did it become OK for America to do as she pleases in another country?
Oh wait, this is America we're talking about. They are the champions of morality and democracy, unless of course it pertains to them showing some.
So anyways I figure maybe they did this due to the need for speed and possibly being concerned about a leak of information. The fact that the order was given last Friday morning means they had an entire weekend of planning before taking on the task. I suppose that's an issue they will bully Pakistan into understanding. Democracy 'Foie Gras' style.
In the second hour the news media was abuzz with reports of Osama Bin Laden's body being disposed of in the ocean. Really America? In the ocean? Their reasoning was that they didn't want his grave to be turned into a shrine.
Now where does one even begin chipping away at this logic?
I'll start with the massive PR mistake such an exercise became. You're trying to win over the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, and you proceed to do this by discarding Osama's body in a manner totally unacceptable in Islamic tradition. There are none other than those crazy fundamentalists and terrorists that honestly believe Osama was a good guy. Nobody in their right minds condones the planning and killing of innocent civilians. Agreed this is based entirely on the presumption that Osama as head of Al Qaeda was behind the evil he was accused of. However, to show disrespect in the manner of burial is to show disrespect and a lack of understanding of the very religion you're trying to win over.
Also, how daft must you be to not seize the opportunity to get every terrorist and his sidekick together in one place, every month for like forever? You designate a nice open field as a burial place, you place Osama's grave in the center of it, you CCTV the entire place with high-powered cameras, and every time a crazy terrorist comes to pay homage to Bin Ladens shrine, you arrest his crazy ass. It's like catching fly's with honey.
Next we have the comparison between Saddam Hussein's killing and that Osama Bin Laden.
During the Iraqi war, western news media gave the world a lesson in what was socially acceptable and what was not. For example, the showing of dead bodies was socially unacceptable. Hence the condemnation of Iraqi's parading the bodies of American soldiers killed during the war. Within days, 'embedded journalists' were suddenly broadcasting footage of corpses along the roadside of Iraqi soldiers killed in the 'War On Terror'. Well when I say soldiers what I really mean is "Insurgents and militiamen" as America called them. Let's be honest, during times of war, especially those fought outside of America, the enemy is always "insurgents and militiamen", never enemy soldiers. Funny word that, insurgents. Insurgents in their own country? Would that mean the American soldiers were 'locals' ?
So there we were becoming accustomed to seeing dead 'insurgents' on the roadside, and 'social acceptability' flew out the window faster than George Bush could say "Mission Accomplished".
When Saddam was finally captured and killed, he too was paraded for all the world to see. Proof of America's prowess over tyrants. If you said anything about 'social acceptability' and questioned the pictures and footage, you were quickly labelled anti-American or unpatriotic.
Ironic then that when American Navy Seals find and kill Osama Bin Laden under instruction from the Commander In Chief, they suddenly think it prudent to dispose of the body as a matter of urgency, no pictures and no video footage. Last I checked, America called the death of Osama 3 years ago, and he pulled of the greatest bluff when he produced a video a few weeks later. This was the guy on the very top of your FBI Most Wanted List, for 10 years! This was a guy with a $25Million bounty on his head, dead or alive. This was the guy who was the very reason for your wars on terror... and the day you capture and kill him, you dispose of his body within hours and without anyone independently verifying it to be him? Really America?
You'll have to excuse me America, if I don't believe the bullshit that comes out of your propaganda machine this time around.
Weapons of mass destruction?
War on terror?
Death of Osama Bin Laden Part 1?
Death of Osama Bin Laden Part 2?
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I prefer being able to decipher the bullshit from the truth.
Donald Trump demanded to see Barack Obama's birth certificate before he believed him to be American.
I demand to see certified proof of Osama's death before I believe anything you're peddling.
Until then, you will always have more suspicion cast on yourself as a nation than all the terrorists of the world put together.
PS: I expect there are those reading this post thinking I'm a fan of Osama, Saddam or other crazy terrorists out there. The fact is that I am a fan of truth. There's a reason why the rest of the world looks upon America with scorn and disgust.