I'm sure many of you woke up this morning to check your facebook accounts, finding thousands of status's about Osama Bin Laden's death. Yes, it is official, the face of global terrorism has finally been killed. I'm sure this is a day of much emotion for many across the country, especially for those effected by the events of September 11, 2001. There has been rejoicing in the streets, unity among our government leaders, and overall celebration... but I think we need to understand that the reality of the situation is that America created the monster.
Now, I don't want to offend anyone, but it's the truth. America's foreign policy, actions during conflict between Russia and Afghanistan, and global empire (especially stationed in the middle east) has created people like Bin Laden. Do you really think people commit mass murder for the hell of it? No. Muslim extremism is a reaction and revolt to America's actions over the past 40 years, and can even be traced back to global religious war from the crusades. The fact remains, America created the monster, and when he used us for our supplies and our money, he turned against us. There is something to be said here about America's foreign policy and empire.
Since WWII, America's priority has been global domination, it's no secret. We have military presence in every major region of the world right now, which is what we call an empire. Our control over land and resources has always been justified in the name of freedom, where the only freedom that arises is our leaders' freedom to do whatever they want. When I talk about leaders in this country, I honestly mean the corporate machine that controls our country's policies. America hasn't fought for freedom since WWII. Every conflict and war since the 1950's has been waged and carried out for other people's resources and to make our elites, even richer. And we expect nobody to resist?
If you take a look at history, you will find that the Central Intellegence Agency (CIA) financed, supplied military weapons, and fully supported Bin Laden, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. We helped to train Bin Laden's men, gave them plenty of money, and gave them the weapons they needed... Big mistake.
Fast forward to last night. American special forces find Bin Laden hiding out in a mansion/compound in Pakistan. I thought Pakistan was our allie. Truth is, nobody in the middle east is our allie. The region is overrun with religious extremism, theocracy, and corruption. You want to know why it took the U.S. 10 years to find Bin Laden? Money. As we know, money rules the world. Only the rich have power, and Bin Laden has a lot of money. Millions actually. He hasn't been hiding in caves like a wild animal, which is the assumption America has made over the last decade.
Pakistan knew where he was, as I'm sure numerous other countries did. I'd go as far to say that the American government had officials who may have had information as well, but like I said, pay offs and corruption have kept Bin Laden safe for decades.
It's even more mind blowing to me that we don't put more blame on former former administrations who had the opportunity to take Bin Laden into custody. It's obvious the Bin Laden family's ties with American industry and corporations influenced previous presidents to NOT deal with the situation. Less than two months after 9/11, George W. Bush had an opportunity to capture Bin Laden, when the Taliban offered to turn him in. When you have a president who doesn't care about the truth, only empire and money, justice cannot be served. Bush didn't care if Bin Laden planned 9/11, because he convinced our Congress and nation that Iraq was more important. Our global empire has become nothing more than one corrupt system, where even the most wanted man in the world can buy his way out of anything.
I guess we will find out in the days ahead, what will happen as a result of Osama's killing. It's almost certain, there will be blood. There will be violence. The death of Osama Bin Laden will not sit well with the middle east, and retaliation is inevitable. I call on you, the people, to stand up not only against religious extremism, but against the corporate machine that has fueled it. We must not let these atrocities go, and we must truly unite to fight a war of our own. Because this is our world, it does not belong to a god, and it does not belong to a CEO.