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John McClain and Osama Bin Laden

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2011 by 4 Ur Viewing Pleasure

I don’t write Political blogs very often although I consider myself to be extremely political.  I have strong views which many would disagree with, but that’s neither here nor there.  I have been watching the news coverage along with the rest of the world about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, public enemy #1.  He has trailed the FBI’s most wanted list for over a decade.  He is now reported as dead via U.S military efforts through “Operation Neptune‘s Star“ with “Geranimo“ as code name for Bin Laden (Wikipedia 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden).  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 72 hours, this should be old news to you.

Now, let’s get one thing straight before I begin.  It was NOT President Obama who killed Bin Laden.  Nor was it the political machine.  It was not Counterterrorist Chief John Brennan or the CIA or FBI.  It was a group of 24 highly skilled, Navy SEALS that risked their life to bring down the most hated man America has ever seen.  Do not give credit to the political powerhouses and their agendas.  It was the bravery and duty of these individuals that brought evil to its knees on May 1st, 2011.  The men who brought us the peace and affirmation we have craved for a decade were considered expendable and not worthy of being paid nearly a month ago when the government threatened to shut down and not pay our brave soldiers.  Keep that in your mind, please.

Now, for the reasons I write this blog.  RETAILIATION.  It is not a matter of IF so much as WHEN.  It is inevitable at this stage in the game that there will be repercussions for the killing of Bin Laden.  As the old saying goes, “an eye for an eye”.  Yes, he killed thousands and sparked a war that has claimed over 6,000 casualties (these numbers are shaky as every site I looked at had varying numbers).  This DOES NOT include the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who are scarred for life from the visions of war and the families that are forever displaced.  No one will argue that this man was a heinous excuse for a human being.  Some may even go to the lengths of arguing that he is Satan, but that is another blog for another day.  Retailiation sits just on the horizon, past the thousands cheering in the street who celebrate that demise of Bin Laden and just beyond the loyal followers of his regime that wait in the dark shadows meticulously calculating their next unrelenting attack.  Believe me when I say, it will happen and I fear that we will be just as blind sided as we were nearly ten years ago that fateful sunny Tuesday morning in 2001.

The problem with retaliation isn’t the act itself, but the fallout rather.  The economically fragile United States will not be able to sustain under the pressures of another war or costly occupation.  The U.S dollar sits uncomfortably close to losing its financial credibility and my fears are that our country will crumble under the weight of yet another mass scale war on terror.  Go ahead and brave GOOGLE for the words “the fall of the U.S dollar” and take a deep breath because the internet is filled with recent concern of the economic demise of the U.S dollar in the world per capita trade.  Pretty much, I will sum it up… we are fucked.

Now, that being said, I can see many patriotic Americans and conservative right wingers puffing out their chests, fanning their big peacock feathers with that ass kicking vibrato that we as a nation are known for, shouting “you talking to me? Are you talking to me?  Yippee kiyiya motherfucker!”  This is the cocky, overzealous confidence that is America.  I love it and I hate it for all the same reasons.  We have no fear, our gusto is unmatched by any other country.  We are loud and proud and believe that the rest of the world revolves solely around our over engorged ethnocentric heads.  We are the United Mother Fucking States of America bitch!  We have country singers who croon that we will “shove a boot up your ass” and presidents who say if you don’t agree with us then fuck off!  It is that mentality that makes us strong, but it is also that mentality that could be our own undoing.

My fears lay in that vibrato, that gusto that is both endearing as well as damning.  As a nation, we simply can not fight another war.  How many more young men and women will sacrifice their lives to fight the boogieman in the shadows?  I see no end in sight and realize that terrorism and the wars that are fought in its name is nothing but a vicious game of cat and mouse.  I watched as thousands paraded the streets with their banners and joy at the news of Bin Laden’s death.  I thought back to the days and months that followed September 11th, 2001.  The Afghan people as well as the Iraqis were chastised by the world for cheering as we succumbed to weakness and watched our precious ground drip with the blood of the fallen and the innocent.  They were thirsty for our demise.  Now I watch as we make spectacle and celebrate.  I am in no way comparing that evil man to the innocence that has perished from this world, but I do feel that the notion of such is rather hypocritical on our part.

Someone once said that “revenge is a dish best served cold” and this is true.  Retaliation may not happen tomorrow or even in a year, but it will happen.  The question is, will we be ready and will we be able to withstand the economic fallout from a never ending blood feud with terrorism?