Friday, June 17, 2011

Osama is Dead, Long Live Osama

To anyone who thought the War On Terror would ever end -
The United States will seek to hunt down and kill new Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri just as it did his predecessor Osama bin Laden, the top US military officer said Thursday.

"There is not a surprise from my perspective that he's moved into that position," Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told journalists after the Egyptian leader was named the new Al-Qaeda chief.

"He and his organization are still threatening us, and as we did both seek to capture and kill -- and succeed in killing -- bin Laden, we certainly will do the same thing with Zawahiri."
The Real Effect
Seriously are we at all surprised, especially in light of us helping the "good" Al-Quaeda in Libya? Eric Blair was definitely privy to some juicy details when he penned 1984.

What is amazing to me is the interviews of the old-timers that lived in the Soviet Union prior to its collapse. What you would routinely see is reporters flabbergasted at the absolute inability of the common folk of the country to grasp that it was the government causing all of their woes. When confronted on it, the citizen would generally respond in dumbfounded ignorance 'Well, what would we do without the government? How would we work?'

A society is nothing more then an amalgamation of individuals, especially families. Yet we as individuals think that when we get to the macro level of "society", somehow the rules of the universe begin to differ. This is the precursor to "group think", that you as an individual are too small, insignificant and ignorant to understand the grandiose design that is necessary to do something like, make a road. Or hire someone to make a road for that matter. In fact, without policy you wouldn't be able to buy bread you would be so lost.

Historically we find that not only is this not the case, but the more centrally managed a society is, the worse their economic and subsequently physical plight becomes. Just examine the early American colonies to witness this theory in action.

Yet, again and again, we have some sort of rationale foisted before us insisting that surely this time if we surrender our liberty for our security it will work. And if we do not comply, we are most certainly doomed. Such is the case exponentially in the Global War On Terror for if GWOT is not allowed to continue, then the Muslims will keel us all!!! But upon close examination of the cases of terror, the narrative begins to fall apart and points not at the individual actor, but rather the puppeteer as being the chief culprit.

If we chose at that time, in full knowledge of our captors intent, to honor their wishes then we deserve every shackle they fashion for us and every day that we spend in the hell that this country will become.

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