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William Norman Grigg
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bin Laden departed the mortal realm for an unpleasant eternity years
ago as sober
and serious people have reported or last
week in a firefight suitable for a sweeps week episode of NCIS,
this much is certain: The government ruling us managed to turn that
despicable creature into a prophet.
"I tell you,
freedom and human rights in America are doomed," bin
Laden gloated shortly after 9-11. "The U.S. government will
lead the American people, and the West in general, into an unbearable
hell and a choking life."
wish was to see a civilizational conflict between the West and the
Islamic world. A subsidiary desire was to see the United States
spend itself into oblivion by carrying out that demented crusade.
He doubtless was delighted to see the United States become mired
in an intractable war in Afghanistan, and to see Washington expand
the compass of its conflict with the Muslim world to include Iraq,
Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.
Bin Laden was
almost certainly gleeful to witness the collapse of the most recent
Fed-engineered financial bubble in 2008, and probably emitted a
chuckle or two over the dollar's rapid disintegration. Assuming
that CNN or Fox is available in hell, bin Laden will probably be
permitted a fleeting moment of satisfaction when the United States
descends into a hyperinflationary crisis worthy of Weimar Germany
or contemporary Zimbabwe something that could occur before the
end of this year.
As a CIA-nurtured
terrorist tactics, bin Laden understood the revolutionary formula
outlined in Carlos Marighella's Mini-Manual
for the Urban Guerrilla.
of terrorism, explained Marighella, is to "to intensify repression,"
resulting in draconian measures that "make life unbearable" for
the subject population. When faced with "revolutionary violence,"
government will eagerly resort to "police roundups, house searches,
arrests of innocent people [that] make life in the city unbearable....
" Rejecting the "so-called political solution," the urban guerrilla
must become more aggressive and violent, resorting without letup
to sabotage, terrorism, expropriations, assaults, kidnappings, and
executions, heightening the disastrous situation in which the government
Feltrinelli, who published and widely disseminated Marighella's
terrorist tract, was a
millionaire Marxist publishing magnate (yes, such people do
exist). He concisely summarized Marighella's strategy as using relentless
violence against the innocent in order to provoke an "authoritarian
turn to the right" the imposition of dictatorial measures and
the consolidation of power by a State that ere long will fall into
the hands of the revolutionaries.
bin Laden was, he understood that dynamic and eagerly promoted it.
Whether or not it was a product of conscious design, bin Laden and
Washington's Power Elite existed in symbiosis. Every action taken
by the government ruling us that abridged individual liberties and
enlarged the public debt was a small victory for bin Laden's vision.
The same is true of every CIA-conducted Predator drone strike that
wiped out a helpless Muslim family, thereby sowing seeds of rancor
that will blossom into anti-American terrorism.
have long suspected that worms had gagged on bin Laden's mortal
remains long ago, and that his name and likeness were being used
in a "Weekend at Bernie's"-style hoax by our rulers.
in a while the image of the omnipotent troglodyte who supposedly
had the power to threaten our very existence while living in a cave
somewhere in the Tora Bora Mountains would be resurrected to rally
the public on behalf of the Long War. This routine succumbed to
the law of diminishing returns about five years ago.
By now, however,
the Regime no longer requires bin Laden's service as a hate figure.
The purpose of such a totem is to personify an abstract "Enemy."
Over the past two years, proponents of a civilizational conflict
with the Muslim world have succeeded in convincing a large and growing
segment of the population that Islam itself everywhere it exists,
in whatever form it takes is the Enemy, and that coexistence isn't
would be on the opposing side of the proposition, bin Laden would
appreciate the War Party's efforts to criminalize the practice of
Islam in the United States. This is the objective of the
"anti-Sharia" enactments that are sprouting like poisonous toadstools
wherever the War Party and its acolytes have fertilized the ground
with that malodorous substance in which such fungi thrive.
would have admired the clarifying fanaticism behind the
original version of Tennessee's proposed anti-Sharia ordinance,
which would have treated peaceful belief in Sharia law as
a felony punishable by up to twenty years in prison. He would be
delighted to see the same U.S. government that is bombing, invading,
and occupying Muslim nations abroad actively working to suppress
the religious liberty of American Muslims at home. What better way
to validate bin Laden's claim that war between Islam and the West
ago, the image of the Enemy was that of an unabashedly hostile self-proclaimed
sheik who reveled in his hatred for America. By now, much
of the Right has been convinced that law-abiding American Muslims
who conduct peaceful commerce and profess to love our country are
the most insidious threat we face.
metastasized into the marrow of our culture, an apparition like
bin Laden is no longer necessary.
the official narrative of bin Laden's death as a recent event is
reliable, this development fulfills
a promise made about a year ago by Attorney General Eric Holder,
who told a congressional committee that bin Laden "will never appear
in an American courtroom." Bin Laden was indicted for mass murder
and other terrorism-related offenses (although,
intriguingly, not the 9-11 atrocities), which means that
it would have been entirely proper for him to be arraigned before
a criminal court in an appropriate jurisdiction.
that's not how things are done now by the Regime ruling us: The
post-Bush doctrine of presidential war powers dictates that the
incumbent dictator, as our "living Constitution," can order the
summary execution of anyone on the planet for any reason he deems
suitable. A corollary to that doctrine is that a "terrorist" is
anyone thus designated by the Regime.
For a decade
bin Laden was used to demonstrate the supposed necessity and wisdom
of these totalitarian innovations. Anwar al-Awlaki, a "radical cleric"
in Yemen who was clearly groomed as bin Laden's understudy for the
past two years, will now assume the marquee role.
who, like bin Laden, was
cultivated by the National Security State before being designated
an Official Enemy Of The People is a U.S. citizen targeted
for assassination by a presidential order. This kind of thing was
all but unimaginable ten years ago, but is now treated with torpid
indifference by the people responsible for shaping public opinion.
Thanks in no
small measure to the ministrations of such people, much of the American
public will be praising the government ruling us for sending Osama
to hell, oblivious to the hell that the same government has stored
up for the rest of us.
Norman Grigg [send him mail]
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Libertate blog and hosts the Pro
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