Osama Bin Laden.
So, as you all know and have heard by now, Osama Bin Laden is presumably dead. I don't know exactly how I feel about this. On one hand, it does feel kind of good to hear that the guy, who has long been blamed for one of the most devastating attacks on America, is finally dead. I do feel like people who have loved ones who have been fighting in this war, as well as people who have lost someone in the 9/11 disaster can now have some sort of closure and don't deserve to hear all of the "This doesn't change anything" comments, that I've been hearing/seeing everywhere. Let those effected by this have their moment of closure and keep your ignorant words to yourselves.
With that said, there are so many other things that I can't keep from thinking about. A few years ago I saw a documentary called Loose Change that changed the way that I thought not only about the events that took place on 9/11, but the U.S. Government as a whole (If you haven't watched this documentary, you can do so by clicking the link) . In a nutshell, the movie brings into question a lot of things that don't quite add up with the events that happened and even goes as far as to suggest that the whole thing could have been an inside job. It's absolutely hilarious to me that records show that the Bush family was bffs with Bin Laden's family and there was absolutely no question as to whether Bush nor the government was somehow involved with 9/11. But this is the same nation that wanted to call Obama a terrorist because the man didn't want to provide his birth certificate. Funny. Now before you rush to call the idea of 9/11 being an inside job ludicrous, watch the documentary, and watch it with an open and non-biased mind.
While I don't whole heartedly agree with everything in the movie, I do believe that it raises some interesting points. When we watched this in college, I remember my best friend and I both thinking that there was at least some truth to it, while the rest of the class seemed to think that there was no way that America would be capable of doing such a thing and that there was no way that America would ever lie to us.
If you believe both of these things then you have already been lulled to sleep by the government and have fallen victim to what Thomas Jefferson warned us about having a strong central government. Our nation was founded by radicals who not only questioned, but challenged their government. I would like to think that they would like us to continue to do the same thing. Instead, I feel like we as Americans (myself included), have grown lazy in our efforts to think for ourselves. We've become satisfied with what the TV tells us is the truth without questioning or challenging anything that we are told. For example, if President Obama came on TV and told America that we've caught Big Foot and he's in the backyard of the White House, everyone and their mom would want photo or video evidence. By that same token, President Obama came on TV and told America that Osama Bin Laden has been killed and that the "DNA matches" and everyone is perfectly fine with believing this to be true. Where's the logic in that? Now I have been watching CNN and in a news conference they said that more evidence would be released in the next few weeks, but my question is, why do we have to wait a few weeks? Is it really because they want to make sure that "future operations aren't compromised" or are there photos that they have to doctor up? I mean, when Sadaam Hussein was killed, we had video footage in less than 24 hours, but when it comes to Bin Laden, we have to wait weeks for more proof? Just a thought.
One thing that I am happy about about this whole thing, is the fact that there is now one less reason for our troops to be over there and hopefully, we can now start thinking about how to clean things up and get them back home. I personally believe that we're still over there for oil and opium and that we still won't be gone fore some time. God help us all.