Sunday, May 1, 2011
Bin Laden Finally Dead
Osama Bin Laden is finally dead. Reports have surfaced that he's actually been dead for about a week (maybe since Easter Sunday) but the confirmation didn't happen until tonight.
What does this mean for the future of America? No one knows for sure, but as has already been articulated by all of the news outlets and social media networks, this is a huge symbolic moment for the United States. No matter what people's political beliefs are, Bin Laden's ugly mug was the face of not just the enemies of the U.S. (of which there are many) but the inability (possibly due to incompetence) to stop them. The "war on terror" itself has been criticized since the beginning and a spooky bogey man hiding in a cave was the perfect symbol for both the seeming never ending war and the some what murky reasoning behind it. The fact that he released videos about as often as Lady Gaga only led to the collective frustration and conspiracy theories. The cynic in me wants to find doubt in "the death of Bin Laden", mostly because a symbolic moment like this popping up a few months before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 seems almost too perfect and most of us have been conditioned to greet any type of big moment (especially one that could involve patriotism) with a raised eye brow but, as a New Yorker who was here 10 years ago and has many friends who work as firemen, police or are in the armed services: I'm happy Bin Laden is dead. Whether or not he ever existed, or "the death of Bin Laden" is a huge hoax cooked up by the American government behind closed doors somewhere, and even though this will no doubt lead to some type of retaliation here or abroad; I'm glad the symbol or the actual man is dead. It's a step towards turning the page on that awful moment. So, Bin Laden, the man, the symbol and everything you represented:
Rest in piss, you piece of shit. I hope you rot in hell, cocksucker.