May 3, 2011

Jeremy Scahill on the death of Osama Bin Laden

via Jeremy Scahill over at TheNation

h/t to @jischinger

On Democracy Now! this morning, The Nation's Jeremy Scahill explains that Osama bin Laden's killing in Pakistan yesterday is not necessarily a cause for celebration: the United States used the man who launched the September 11 attacks on America as a reason to "declare war on the world," Scahill says. In response to September 11, "Iraq was invaded, a country that had nothing to do with Al Qaeda, nothing to do with bin Laden. The United States created an Al Qaeda presence in Iraq by invading it, made Iran a far more influential force in Iraq than it ever would have been. We have given a grand motivation to people around the world that want to do harm to Americans in our killing of civilians, our waging of war against countries that have no connection to Al Qaeda and by staying in these countries long after the mission was accomplished... This is a somber day, when we should be remembering all of the victims: the three thousand who died in the United States and then the hundreds of thousands that died afterward."


  1. Yeah it's just a matter of time till the color coded "terror" alerts make a full comeback. The justification being "well we killed Osama, so there will be retribution." I didn't understand all the celebrating either. I mean if this would've happened the day, or even a month or year after 9/11 I could see why peple could be relieved. After a decade of fighting, billions of dollars spent and thousands of lives, I just don't see this as a victory. I see this as another "wag the dog" moment. the war on terror will be our main focus in the country again, so people don't notice that gasoline has gone up to 4 dollars a gallon and using up ALL their money. The American Dream is dead and these idiots are celebrating the "death" and "burial at sea" of a sick old man.

    Are we REALLY this stupid?

  2. Osama gets the last laugh, it's our economy that we're destroying after all :P!