Let me get this out of the way in the very first sentence: Osama Bin Laden was an evil person for whom I have never had any sympathy. There. Now all the non-thinking slogan-chanting shout-bots can be satisfied I’m not some terrorist-loving heretic.
Prepare your shocked-face muscles: OBL has never been connected to anything related to the 9/11 tragedy. Don’t believe me? Here it is straight from the FBI’s mouth.
What’s more, contemplate just for a moment what all of this nationalistic pride and glee over the death of this one man has cost us as citizens. It is almost too grotesque to be believed in its totality: 10 years + of endless war in 3 locations, over 5,000 deaths of US servicemen and women, many tens of thousands more wounded and permanently damaged soldiers, the deaths of countless hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children from the countries we’ve invaded, the ruining of the lives of millions more via the destruction of their cities, homes, families, and livelihoods, the institution of a global system of inhumane torture and detainment, the 1,000 BILLION (that’s a Trillion) plus dollars in taxpayer funds to conduct these wars and enrich the warmongers who will only use those funds to do it again, and the too-numerous-to-list erosions of our civil liberties and invasions of our privacy as a result of the most successful propaganda campaign the world has ever known.
It doesn’t matter your political stripes, your ideological bent, or your proximity to those affected by any of the above. These are all facts and will remain so always.
Are we really better off because of it?
Who really has benefitted from all of this?
What could we have done with all of the lives, money, and time these wars have taken from us?
There are so many offshoot topics that could be discussed here relating to all of this, but I think the 3 questions above really should be the focus now as we hear the echoes of “USA…USA…USA” being shouted by the mobs at this latest news.