Everywhere I went on May 2, 2011 I heard the chants of “USA, USA, USA” by people overcome with emotion about the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as many Americans laughed and joked about how Obama got Osama. This was one of those rare, evanescent, unifying moments in American history where people manage to put their trivialities aside for the good of the country, and it is during moments like this one that you can actually catch a picturesque view of the actual ideology of “One Nation under God” being personified into reality, as the badge of American citizenship seems to shine the brightest, as the number of people who attach themselves to that shine seems to grow the largest. That’s one of the positives about the common enemy role. For reasons unknown to me, it just seems as if it is so much easier to unite as one against the unacceptability of others than it is to unite as one to embrace the acceptability of ourselves, and that is truly unfortunate, no matter how jubilant these American moments can often be.
Now personally, I have no sympathy for Osama Bin Laden, but I do have an ambiguous sympathy for what he will now represent. As joyous as the anti-Bin Laden celebrations were, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat discouraged by it all, because what Bin Laden has taught me is the sickening depths of the bowels of terror, whether it’s international, domestic, or on a personalized level. I always asked myself how a person like Adolf Hitler could be so societally venomous for such vague reasons, but thanks to Osama Bin Laden; I no longer have to ask that question, because the smell of death in that bloody portrait has been seared into my mind forever. My concern is for any ideology that suggests or upholds the blueprints of the genocidal rationing of human life for the sake of pushing a self-serving agenda built only to embellish the unalloyed corruption of megalomania, while being gift-wrapped and packaged as a defense of religious freedoms, and my sympathy is for the numerous, misled canvases that choose to follow it! Consider this; what kind of monster would you have to work to become, where most of the planet sings, dances and cheers for your death? The answer to that question is not one that any of us should ever aspire to know.
This is merely my take on Bin Laden, but there were others—many others and some of these differing opinions on Bin Laden were just as perplexing as the political locations from which they were espoused, and here is where it gets messy. Believe it or not, I spent more time taking on people who claimed to be liberals, not Democrats, but liberals; on the issue of the U.S. led misrepresentations of Bin Laden. I’ve had knock-down, drag-out, political battle royals over this issue, to the point where physical threats were being made and political acquaintances were being lost, and these were not conservatives or Tea Baggers. These were people who considered themselves to be the real left; many of them claiming to be from the Green Party. From claims that I was a terrorist who was responsible for the killing of innocent Muslims around the world based on my support for the Democratic Party, to claims that Bin Laden didn’t even exist, because he was a phony, brainwashing mechanism concocted by the Bush administration to scare people into voting conservatively, to the most polarizing propaganda piece that I’ve encountered regarding Bin Laden, which was the Truther issue, the complexity surrounding the ominous legacy of Bin Laden doesn’t seem any less clouded now that he’s gone, if anything; it just raises more questions in my opinion!
As a liberal, a Democrat, or an Independent, how do you deal with the Truther element, because there are truthers out there, some of them claiming to be liberal, who have exonerated Bin Laden from September 11th all together? Some have even exonerated the entire suggestion of a terrorist existence on any level, and I think this issue will be one of the most lingering problems of the Bin Laden legacy, because it opens the door to selective truth selection, where anyone who is dissatisfied with the results of the truth that they are currently getting can always, and at it anytime, trade that truth in for a more relatable truth that better fits their comfort zones. Sometimes I have to wonder if the Truthers have any idea just how controversial their theories actually are, and there is no middle ground here. You either believe that Osama Bin Laden was and is the face of terror that had a huge hand in the September 11th attacks on the United States, or you believe that the federal government, through the Bush administration, committed political genocide against the American people for political gain, and the clarity to that blurred fog is not nearly as cut-and-dry as you might think it is.
Isn’t it ironic that the truthers, many of them supposedly liberal, are basically echoing the identical sentiment as the Tea Party, which is a huge mistrust of the federal government? They might not agree on the vilification legitimacy of Bin Laden, but they disconcertingly agree on the potential, political cannibalism of the federal government. Nevertheless, this Bin Laden discrepancy is a serious matter, and it is something that will have to be confronted.
In my opinion, Bin Laden was just as bad as or even worse than all of the horrors that have been bestowed upon him, and I’m not just basing all of my assessments on the media. Just ask yourself if you believe that the Osama Bin Laden’s of the world or the Moammar Gadhafi’s of the world would strangle your truth to control your freedom; preserving the status quo of themselves, and I feel like the answer to that question is a resounding yes. If there is one thing we should have all learned from the uprisings in the Middle-East, it’s the chilling reality that if people like Osama Bin Laden would kill their countrymen for the lure of corrupt and absolute power; what do you think they would do to you, to me, to us? The United States might not be a foreign policy saint, but I would still take America over Bin Laden any day, and this is where I deliver my non-truther stance, by calling Bin Laden what he truly is, which is what I called him in my book—an infidel impersonating a Muslim. Like Hosni Mubarak, Moammar Gadhafi, Bashar al-Assad, Ahmadinejad, Slobodan Milošević, and many other crackdown oppressors; Bin Laden didn’t live and die for Islam. Bin Laden lived and died for Bin Laden!
So, I’ll side with President Obama on this one on a job well-done. I would also like to acknowledge President Clinton’s efforts and President Bush’s efforts, especially Bush, because he had to make the call on whether or not to face-off against terrorism in Afghanistan, and this why I never criticized the Bush administration for going after Bin Laden in Afghanistan, and when I say Afghanistan, I mean Afghanistan, not Iraq! If you’re happy to sit around cheer over the death of Bin Laden, then you also have to be well-rounded enough to understand the total operation that delivered it. So I’ll try to make this point as clearly as I can make it. If President Bush, or any other sitting U.S. President, had the credible intelligence that could place the organizational fingerprints of Bin Laden on the September 11th attacks, then it is the undisputable responsibility of that president to act accordingly, and direct the proper resources towards the apprehension of Bin Laden; leaving the possibility of total war as a valid option. If you are either unwilling or unable to make this type of call, then the presidency is obviously not for you. Ask yourself this question. If President Bush did not respond to the September 11th attacks through the Afghanistan initiative, would he have been re-elected, or would he have even won the Republican nomination in 2004–probably not? The American people demanded action, and Bush really didn’t have much of a choice. He had to do something.
What President Obama oversaw was a textbook maneuver that would make West Point proud, as he has slyly taken away the good, old, reliable, “Democrats are weak on terror” card, and I hope the Democrats are taking notes. So, goodbye Osama Bin Laden, and I hope all 40 of your virgins have eternal gonorrhea!
Bryian K. Revoner
Author of the book The Fear of Being Challenged: I Am Democratically Independent; I Am the Realacrat