Now That Bin Laden’s Dead, Where Does That Leave The War On Terror?

Nuvola USA flag alternativeAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Osama Bin Laden’s death caused most of America to break out the flags and head to the local town square to pat each other on the back saying “we got him.” Regardless of how we feel about the final execution of the modern world’s most notorious villain, capturing or killing Bin Laden was the impetus for the war in Afghanistan (remember, we originally went to war against the Taliban because they were harboring him).

Even though most Americans understand that the war in Iraq was never about the war against Al-Qaida, such a momentous occasion should give us pause to ask ourselves what exactly it is we’re doing fighting two wars and several smaller conflicts across the globe, and what exactly, continuing our course of action will accomplish:

What does Bin Laden’s death really change? We’ve already heard plenty of rhetoric that Bin Laden’s death does not end the war on terror. We’ve spent billions on GWOT since 2001, shed the blood of hundreds of thousands and invested our entire military industrial complex into it. While people will talk about how this is a symbolic victory, we’ll still be told that America must remain vigilant. Occupations will continue, drone attacks will continue, the loss of civil liberties at home will continue. We’ll continue to trade our freedom for a false sense of security. We’ll continue to justify torture, “collateral damage” (re: civilian deaths), and the concept of preemptive warfare.

Was it worth the price? Nearly 2500 servicemen and women died in Afghanistan in the past 10 years. More than 10,000 civilians have died since just 2007. In Iraq, nearly 4,500 servicemen and women have been killed and close to 1.5 million Iraqis have died because of the war and occupation. Since September 11th we’ve spent $1.3 trillion on warfare. That’s a hefty price tag for retribution of the actions of one man, or an organization that only 200 to 300 members left in Afghanistan. It’s been pointed out by plenty of experts that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan increased animosity towards the U.S. and helped Al-Qaida recruiting. We’re still living under constant threat of a shadowy attack and now should live in fear of a “lone wolf” style retaliatory attack.

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  • Darthtim23

    So Bin Laden’s dead? Now all we got to do is find them darned WMD and then our boys can come home.

  • Darthtim23

    So Bin Laden’s dead? Now all we got to do is find them darned WMD and then our boys can come home.

  • Юрий Паедерастаков

    Overheard recently at a “Bucks for Schmucks” charity golfing tournament featuring washed up center right politicians like Brian Cowen, Gordon Brown, etc.:

    BHSO: “Ah, shite! Wish I’d thought about how I’d follow up all this Bin Laden stuff . . . now I gotta improvise . . .

    Okay, here goes: “Keep in mind, the intelligence that lead to Bin Laden was obtained from a black prison detainee–so we have proof positive that curtailment of civil rights pays off.”

    There, that should hold the bastards for a wh–G*d*amned it, Gordon! Was this f*ckin’ microphone on the whole time?’

  • Юрий Паедерастаков

    Overheard recently at a “Bucks for Schmucks” charity golfing tournament featuring washed up center right politicians like Brian Cowen, Gordon Brown, etc.:

    BHSO: “Ah, shite! Wish I’d thought about how I’d follow up all this Bin Laden stuff . . . now I gotta improvise . . .

    Okay, here goes: “Keep in mind, the intelligence that lead to Bin Laden was obtained from a black prison detainee–so we have proof positive that curtailment of civil rights pays off.”

    There, that should hold the bastards for a wh–G*d*amned it, Gordon! Was this f*ckin’ microphone on the whole time?’

  • Anonymous

    The reason why there was no trial is because the FBI has admitted to having no evidence of Osama bin Laden’s involvement. The real reason is that the US war pigs who parade as world police need a break from their inability to actually win a war much less stop terrorists as the future will prove. Obama and all the western world leaders are nothing but a front for the international bankers who don’t give a fig about the lives of soldiers much less innocent civilians. I think the real plotters of 911 were the Bush family and their ilk along with the mega rich Saudis. And were is the proof that the target was actually taken out. Sounds like more flaming corporate media pig bull dung. The USA is morally bankrupt. The beer-head football consciousness that permeates our speech and decision making has led US down the road to perdition. We are all murderers now, thanks to the military-corporate complex. There is no forgiveness for our actions, for allowing the chaos money making machine to be the center of our foreign policy. Our leadership has been co-opted by the not so smart intelligence community that is controlled by the ultra-wealthy who wish to reduce the population of the planet to 500 million by any means: nuclear weapons/power, industrial pollution, patented medicines that do more harm than good, privatized schools with hidden agendas, genetically altered food, fluoridated water, etc. There is no prayer to any god that can correct this situation, it is up to each individual to get up off their lazy butt to make things better.

  • Anonymous

    The reason why there was no trial is because the FBI has admitted to having no evidence of Osama bin Laden’s involvement. The real reason is that the US war pigs who parade as world police need a break from their inability to actually win a war much less stop terrorists as the future will prove. Obama and all the western world leaders are nothing but a front for the international bankers who don’t give a fig about the lives of soldiers much less innocent civilians. I think the real plotters of 911 were the Bush family and their ilk along with the mega rich Saudis. And were is the proof that the target was actually taken out. Sounds like more flaming corporate media pig bull dung. The USA is morally bankrupt. The beer-head football consciousness that permeates our speech and decision making has led US down the road to perdition. We are all murderers now, thanks to the military-corporate complex. There is no forgiveness for our actions, for allowing the chaos money making machine to be the center of our foreign policy. Our leadership has been co-opted by the not so smart intelligence community that is controlled by the ultra-wealthy who wish to reduce the population of the planet to 500 million by any means: nuclear weapons/power, industrial pollution, patented medicines that do more harm than good, privatized schools with hidden agendas, genetically altered food, fluoridated water, etc. There is no prayer to any god that can correct this situation, it is up to each individual to get up off their lazy butt to make things better.

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