Monday, May 2, 2011

September 10th Attitudes Prevail

Celebrating the assassination of bin Laden with cheering and chanting and champagne and "I'm proud to be an American," is allowing the attitudes of Sept 10th, 2001 to dominate. By that I mean it's an attitude of a people who will wake up tomorrow (or some day) with a ghastly feeling as some massive act of terrorism is broadcast again.* I guarantee that this event did not make Democracy safer any more than the assassination of Kennedy made the world safe for Communism. Basically, it is proving to the world that we haven't taken a step back or a step forward in any measurable sense but still defend exactly the same mental space we have for centuries which is to say, "Our team is better than yours and when we score a goal we cheer."

This is why the faces change but the words are always the same.

We are protecting ourselves better but that isn't the same thing. No, we don't invite attacks but we've done nothing to discourage them or demonstrate that we deserve respect. This isn't V-J Day. This is V-O day and do I need to point out that for the first 20 years of my life bin Laden was sucking the American tit while Reagan and G. Bush Sr. did all they could to arm the bearded towelhead? So, now I'm going to celebrate like this is some good guy/bad guy turned bad guy and the good guy wins WWF wrestling match from 1985 Boston Garden? Please.

This isn't revenge for Sept 11th; it's an example of how in our hearts Sept. 11th never happened. Today might as well be December 6th, 1941. Or April 14th, 1861. Or July 3rd, 1776. 300 years is a long time to hold on to the same dogmatic, ethnocentric philosophy.

Nietzsche said, "When you do battle with dragons be careful not to become a dragon." When I see people cheering in the streets I see the exact same behavior that was demonstrated by some Muslims on Sept. 12th. They celebrated firemen dying. They cheered. They smiled. We had a chance to be different and we chose the exact same path...which makes us the same cold lizards.

I think of the bears who battle during mating season in Alaska. The winner, bruised, bleeding, loose fangs, tattered fur, does not gloat. That's how you act. You leave the ring. Be humble. In Little League, win or lose, we shook hands at home plate after the game.


Put away your party cup of red bull and vodka and Be Humble. It's a funeral and the dead person is gone and all that remains are the living and our humility or lack of humility reflects our own character and NOT THE CHARACTER OF THE DEAD.

But what do I know? I'm just a hippie. Spare some change?

* I should add that Al Queda should've organized a boycott of Apple or Texaco back in 1992 when US forces set up camp in their holy land. Can you hear the chants?
"2-4-6-8- U.S, out of Kuwait. 1-2-3-4, we won't play xbox no more!" or "Allah Allah clap your hand, expel the heathens from our land!" Anyone else have a chant we can pass on to our activism-challenged comrades in the desert? In the name of peace.
That's how to get on the map. Look at Cat Stevens.
Burn your towels and shave your beards until troops leave. Get the media behind you. You think the year is 100 B.C?? Get with the times. Get a sexy spokesperson like Paris Hilton with a tattoo and protest! Instead of bombing the USS Cole hire a graffiti artist to tag it with a huge stencil of Osama asking, "Got Islam?"
Get creative! I wrote a screenplay to this effect back in 2003 that was turned down by every major studio in LA. Now it's too late! Terrorism is Passe and this should be proof that terrorism doesn't do shit to change opinions. Ask the KKK; after 300 years of violent racism we still elected a black guy as president. Hate doesn't work. I mean, ride on the peace train. Please! You'll get way farther in the end.


mo_positive said...

USA has been sitting on this kill for years. Obama just decided it was time to play his trump card. Let's see what his approval rating is this week.

Anonymous said...

All the jumping around and chanting "USA!" is nonsense. I hate to break it to everybody, but all we "accomplished" was killing a 54-year-old man with bad kidneys living in a h...ouse with no Internet. We can count on the NYPD to manage that, and it wouldn't take a trillion dollars, two wars, 44,000 dead and wounded and ten years of economic collapse.

I'm glad he's dead and gone, this probably helps Obama, proves that Republicans are mostly un-American traitors who aren't on the country's side, and is a generally good thing.

But we sent 24 guys to kill one old dude in a nice house that we couldn't find for 10 years. Accomplishment? Nope.

Unknown said...

Be humble to a terrorist? Are you an idiot?

Oggy Bleacher said...

It's really heating up in here.

Mo - your conspiracy theory is delicious. I do recall the failure to rescue hostages in 1979 cost Mr. Carter a reelection. This hit might do the opposite for Obama. Orchestrated? Then why no video of the hit? Why did they bury the body at sea? I want this event to be in the next Call of Duty edition that I can play on my iPhone while getting a virtual blowjob from Charlie Sheen! WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DELAY??

Anonymous - We take our cues from sporting events, I guess. Everyone wants to have something to put on there Facebook status, "Obama killed Osama and I'm fucked up! Whoooo!" We've got anger mills known as public schools so what can we expect? V-J Day for the Mp3 Generation?

Scott - You get lost on the way to the shooting range? This is supposed to be a closed discourse where everyone agrees with what I say. Your dissent has been noted.

Anonymous said...

Scott missed the point...except for the one on the top of his head.

mo_positive said...

The burial was at sea for the exact reason stated in the press, so as not to create a mecca of martyrdom on land somewhere. How silly would the US look if they filmed the hit and then paraded Bin Laden around like Achilles dragging Hector's corpse all over the battlefield? It's bad enough our own drunken citizens mobbed the streets as if we'd just won the World Cup. Hey Americans, scoreboard says 3000 to a handful in favor of terrorism, let's not pretend we just won the war.

There is documentation that shows that the US has passed at least once on killing Bin Laden under the Bush administration and perhaps obstructed the French from doing the same. I find it hard to believe that he was hiding out in a mansion 1 hour outside Islamabad and we just figured it out. Media says it points towards Pakistan being a bad friend but I think it's a little more complicated than that.

Oggy Bleacher said...

"Barack Obama’s approval rating took a pretty significant jump overnight after the killing of Osama bin Laden, with 56% now saying they approve of the job he’s doing overall, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last night. That’s a 9-point increase from Obama’s April rating. He also notched a career high 69% approval rating for his handling of terrorism, and a 60% approval rating for his work in Afghanistan."

Mo, you've been right so far. How many approval points would he garner if he slam dunked over a car?

Anonymous said...

Bush put OBL up in that house back in 2002. when he left office he set up a treasure hunt around the white house for Obama to figure out. It took Obama this long to decipher the clues.

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