The man who didn’t blow up the twin towers, and was not wanted by the FBI for doing, or not doing so, is dead, and has been for the better part of a decade.
– Osama bin Laden Not Wanted for 9/11. (I guess evidence still matters ‘officially.’)
A few years ago in another empire, when General Julius Caesar ran off with increasing numbers of Roman legions on “illegal wars of conquest” (or so complained the Roman Senate) in France (then ‘Gaul’), he gained the approval of the people – the vox populi, the res publica, the demos kratos – by bringing home the spoils of war. These included trinkets and objects and iPads – and his fabulous fables, in his ripping (and sometimes truthful) best-seller, “The History of the Gallic Wars.”
They also included, in person, and for all loyal, happy Romans to see, the living leader of the ‘barbarian’ Gauls – their king, Vercingetorix. [1, 2] The ‘savage’ was brought, in bondage, and paraded before all of Rome in a triumph. At the end of this parade, he was executed for all to see.
Long live Rome, in her glory.
Osama bin Laden told the world that he was aware that America was too large and powerful to be destroyed by such an organization as a bunch of militant desert rats such as can be found in his camps. He said that wasn’t the point, or his goal. He would simply draw the aggressive, puerile giant into a war it could not extricate itself from, and cause it to bankrupt itself in trying to appease its need to be “Number One.”
As a friend said to me this morning, “Look at that. It only took ten years….”
The Navy Seals dispatched into that long firefight in the dusty parts of the world were all wearing helmet cameras. Will we ever see what they saw? Or will the FBI, or one of the other 17 intelligence agencies, ‘protect’ the people from seeing what they are told is the truth, as they did when they hijacked – ehm, ‘confiscated,’ some 70 plus videos of the Pentagon lawn, after the missile… er… ‘airplane’ hit on that fateful Tuesday morning?
And remember, my fellow Amoricans, make sure not to miss “Dancing with the Stars.” I hear Rumsfeld is partnered with Lady Gaga. Should be *fab*.