Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Where, Oh Where Has Osama Bin Laden Gone?

Oh where, oh where has Osama bin Laden gone. Oh where, oh where can he be?


by Angie Pratt

It seems to me that that is a pretty straightforward question. How come it isn't being asked? How come it isn't a big deal in this election? How come America's number 1 enemy is still on the lose and still advocating and facilitating terrorist attacks all over this world? How is it Osama bin Laden is still operating?

Let's take this a step at a time.

Where is Osama bin Laden? There are 2 basic thoughts on this. He is either somewhere on or near the Afghanistan-Pakistani border or he is being held by the Bush Administration in order to bang the buck. They're waiting on a good time (a week before the election?) to make a formal announcement that they have succeeded in bring this criminal to justice.

It is the latter possibility that answer's the next question. How come it isn't being asked? How come it isn't a big deal in this election? In other words, Democrats are not screaming at the top of their lungs about this failure because they honestly believe that Osama bin Laden is already in US custody.

Now isn't this a sad commentary on the state of politics in America? Half of the population believes that the Republicans in power are so corrupt as to be willing to lie to the American public. They are in fact so afraid that this is true that they are not willing to clobber the Bush administration over the head with this failure. They are afraid that the Republicans will pull the Osama bin Laden rabbit out of the hat and clobber them with it instead.

Well.. I believe that if there is no risk there is no glory. The Democrats need to swallow their fears and step up to the microphone. The Bush administration's politics of fear cannot be allowed to succeed.

Now . if the Bush administration doesn't have Osama bin Laden held in secret custody, why don't they? The answer is that the Bush administration has not met its obligations with respect to fighting the true sources of terror. They have been sidetracked by the Iraqi war quagmire.

For the Bush administration to say that the world is safer now is ludicrous. More people around the world hate Americans than ever before. Since the American Indian wars, America has killed the most innocent sons, fathers, daughters, mothers, uncles, aunts, and cousins in the invasion of Iraq. A rule of thumb is for every civilian the army kills you piss off about 10. 1 or 2 of those 10 are mad enough to seek revenge.

The military isn't the weapon of choice against terrorism. Terrorism comes from a state of mind and has to be fought on the local level. It is a job for the police and intelligence operatives.

The problem now of course is that Bush's Iraq war can't be simply walked away from. It's about time that this fact is recognized. And. that means we will have to spend many more precious resources - American blood and American dollars. But let's not reward Bush for his mistakes. Let's not send the wrong message.

In the mean time.. Osama bin Laden is maybe free and then. maybe not.

*************

Written by Angie Pratt ( http://www.politicalposts.com).


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news