Monday, May 02, 2011
The Assassination of Osama bin Laden
Here's my take:
1) For the last decade, Osama bin Laden has been a dual symbol:
a) for Muslims, he is a heroic symbol of the reinvigoration, after three centuries of humiliating deterioration, of Islam's perennial Jihad against the world in order to try to conquer it, which in turn will bring about the Last Days promised by Allah and His Prophet.
b) for the West, Osama is an emblematic symbol of the TMOE -- the Tiny Minority of Extremists who are trying to hijack the great religion of peace, Islam -- and of our misguided and myopic War Against the Wrong Target.
This assassination thus reinforces the grievously wrongheaded, wasteful and reckless "success" of our misguided War.
2) Our problem and perilous predicament is not merely al Qaeda, not merely "Wahhabism", not merely "Salafism", not merely "Extremism", not merely "Fundamentalism", not merely "Radicalization of Youths": it is Islam and all the Muslims who enable Islam (and how many Muslims don't enable Islam, and how would we know who and where they are with sufficient accuracy?)
3) Osama should not have been assassinated: he should have been captured alive, taken to an offshore island, and tortured (using a whole variety of creative psychological tortures exploiting his Islamic fanaticism, such as, for example, forcing him to take shits on a Koran), in order to try to gain at least some of the copiously valuable intel he no doubt possessed in his diseased brain.
4) This commando operation (like something out of that excellently taut (but, alas, thoroughly PC MC) TV show The Unit -- starring that black actor by the way who, on the show 24, played the first black American President), directly overseen by Obama, boosts his re-election chances tremendously, and will make it that much harder for a Republican challenger to win. (I don't think we should even try to challenge Obama's re-election anyway, since the only worthy candidate currently would be Allen West, and he's not ready yet: he needs more time to marshal an effective campaign which will take years of careful media orchestration as well as the important ingredient of more experience put in as a U.S. Congressman.)