1. Cynical View:
If you saw the movie Wag The Dog several years back, then you know what I’m talking about. In it, the US stages a phony war in a small obscure country to distract attention from other, more sinister government doings.
I am not suggesting (or am I? I don’t trust anything the government tells us these days) that the capture and killing of bin Laden is a complete fabrication — but the “burial at sea” shortly thereafter has not inspired great confidence. I’m inclined to believe it did happen, but was timed; that it possibly could have been accomplished sooner; that for god knows what idiotic purpose the cowboys in charge manipulated and maneuvered and staged a Wag The Dog event.
2. Observation Mode:
I’m fascinated by all the young–really young–people out in the street celebrating. The 9/11 attacks and bin Laden loom larger in their lives than in those of us who’ve lived through so many other shattering world events and personal tragedies. I can’t pretend to understand what bin Laden’s death means to them, or how the constant threat of terrorist attacks has affected their lives. Hell, I can hardly understand what it all means to me. I just had to mention the Wag the Dog thing, though.
3. Optimistic view:
The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Yesterday Uncle Sam transformed strength into right. Maybe.
- Saudi Arabia rejects Osama bin Laden’s body… as US buries him at sea (vanguardngr.com)