Anne's Diary

Bin-Laden as the Purloined Letter

In his story "The Purloined Letter," Edgar Allan Poe writes about a man who hides a letter he doesn't want found in plain sight, amongst the other letters and bills on his desk. Whenever I've wanted to hide something, I've remembered that story. Apparently, Osama bin-Laden read it too, since he was killed while hiding in plain sight.

David Ray Griffin once said in a Dreamland interview that bin-Laden was a creation of the CIA. It's true he was handy for the Bush-Cheney administrations, since he gave them "permission" to spy on citizens, call anyone who dissented from their plans unpatriotic, and--most of all--invade Iraq (where Cheney's business interests made big bucks), despite the fact that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the 911 attacks. Actually, George W. Bush and Osama bin-Laden, despite being sworn enemies, were actually a lot alike. Both, in their own ways, were the black sheep of their families (the binLadens, wealthy and successful builders in the Middle East, were reportedly very embarrassed by Osama). Bush was a heavy drinker who used religion to reform. Osama used religion to define himself, to separate himself from his family. Both felt totally justified in attacking anyone who didn't totally agree with their religious beliefs.

They were also both creations of religious fundamentalism. This is obvious when it comes to bin-Laden, but it greatly influenced Bush's administration as well. During his terms as president, stem cell research was blocked (and is now sailing ahead in Europe and in "third world" countries like India). Since this is the greatest medical breakthrough since vaccines and antibiotics, the US should be at the forefront of this research, but instead we are trailing far behind, despite having learned that stem cells can be created from a patient's own cells, thus embryos are no longer needed). NASA was also instructed not to mention climate change (Bush and Cheney saw it as a threat to big business). Surely God wouldn't destroy the Earth with floods caused by rising sea levels due to melting glaciers after he promised Noah never to send a great flood again, but instead to send "the fire next time." Many prominent NASA scientists disagreed with this dictate, but they had to follow their employer's dictates. Even small corners of science were dissuaded from continuing, including research into the causes of homosexuality (since Leviticus says it's a sin to lie with another man).

There are rumors swirling around the internet that the killing of bin-Laden was a hoax. I can see why Obama would want to end all the intrigue by "destroying" the totem that was bin-Laden, but don't think that's the case here. I've learned something about lying, from listening to so many stories from "experiencers." In fact, there is someone we see several times a year whose contactee story is completely made up. I've never called him on it, but I AM curious about his motivations. It could simply be that he's a person who has a little gold (a few, vaguely remembered experiences) that he has "embroidered" into an elaborate tale in order to justify his memories, but I'm worried that his motivations may be darker than that.

Given what I know about lies, here's why I think that bin-Laden's killing really happened: If it was a hoax, we would have been told that it had occurred in a dark cave along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where we were always told that bin-Laden was hiding out. We never would have been told that he was taken out in a mansion that was custom-built for him, less than a mile from the Pakistani version of West Point or Sandhurst. This revelation doesn't look good for our ally, Pakistan--it makes it look like they were in collusion with al-Qaeda in hiding him. As long as we are pouring aid money into that country, we don't want our Congress to get the idea into their heads that maybe they aren't always on our side.

Today we drove past a progressive high school with a sign outside that said, "Don't celebrate killing--End all wars." I assume they were referring to the jubilation in front of the White House (and in other places) that followed the announcement of bin-Laden's death. This sounds like something from the "peace and love" 60s--an idea that 911 made us all outgrow. Love is fine if it causes you to receive love--or at least tolerance--in return, but that doesn't work for bullies and terrorists who are bent on your destruction. I'm glad we had military men with the courage and training that enabled them to go in there and take Osama out. They did the whole world a favor.


"A long war impoverishes the nation."
"In war, what counts is victory, not persistence."
Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
There, in two nutshells, is the essence of our predicament.

I don't know if this is a "hoax", but something about the whole deal just does not smell right, and something about the timing and his being buried at sea?....Also, this does not mean the end of Islamic, fundamentalist terrorism.

If it really was bin Laden, I am grateful that he, personally, is no longer threat. But do I feel like rejoicing and shouting "USA!"? No. It does not feel right. I am not a practicing Christian at all, but figuratively dancing on anyone's grave does not feel appropriate either.

We should all check our need for revenge at the door and keep our integrity and humanity at all costs. It is a very fine line we are treading...

I just can't get around the fact that there was no trial, there was only assassination. Isn't assassination wrong? How can you kill someone and then go parading it around as if it was the moral and right thing to do when obviously the correct thing to do would be to have a trial and provide evidence. If it is right sometimes to kill someone then who says when it is right? WOW. So he was assassinated in 2011 because of 9/11/2001? For nothing else? I wish Obama felt as strongly about getting at the truth of 9/11 as he did about using killing someone to gain political points. Why not go after Bush and Cheney for war crimes? Oh that might have merit but it would create a political firestorm. Just kill Osama and you get kids who were probably 10 when it happened chanting USA USA as if it meant something to them. USA meant a lot more before 9/11 and it didn't change because of Osama Bin Laden, it changed because of greed and corruption. This killing just makes me sick.

Although I don't buy into many of the conspiracy theories floating around about 9/11 or the death of Bin Laden, I agree with your conclusion, Anne- the world is a much better place with that man gone. Melissa, a trial? Really? How can anyone possibly believe that assassinating someone like Bin Laden is morally wrong? Are you that morally confused? He was an evil man who deserved to die. Period. "he was assassinated in 2011 because of 9/11/2001? For nothing else?" What more need he have done? Causing the violent deaths of thousands of Americans wasn't enough for you? If killing Bin Laden makes you sick, I'd hate to know what makes you happy. Delusional leftists and moral relativists who enable the deaths of innocents out of policies of inaction based on asinine pacifistic principles make me sick.

I never post comments on here, but I didn't feel like letting the above comment be the last word. I am on the side of non-violence, as Melissa and maybe a couple of people also above. This does not make people with such attitudes "morally confused" at all. We know where we "are" morally, what we feel and why. Was Martin Luther King (who was most outspokenly non-violent) "morally confused"? I myself do not think so. Injecting personally directed invective does not help anyone.

Being glad that bin Laden's awful deeds have ceased brings a little comfort, but expressing joy in the death of anyone or anything should give us all pause to stop and think.

There IS a lesson here, for all of us, and how we learn from it could be the difference between becoming lost souls, or allowing ourselves to rise to something greater as human beings.

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