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Osama!

Why are people dancing in the streets?

The assassination of Osama Bin Laden is a major historical event that many of us will remember for the rest of our lives, like 9-11 itself. As the world reacts spontaneously, and the public forms its opinion, nearly every mainstream commentator is openly rejoicing his death. Yet there are signs of dissent, a growing feeling that there is something deeper we are prohibited from saying. Here are a few people who are struggling to articulate that unsayable truth.

Chris Hedges:

"The tragedy was that if we had the courage to be vulnerable, if we had built on that empathy, we would be far safer and more secure today than we are .... Empire finally, as Thucydides understood, is a disease. As Thucydides wrote, the tyranny that the Athenian empire imposed on others it finally imposed on itself. The disease of empire, according to Thucydides, would finally kill Athenian democracy. And the disease of empire, the disease of nationalism .... I despair. I despair that we as a country, as Nietzsche understood, have become a monster that we are attempting to fight." Read More

Jeremy Scahill:

"I found it quite disgusting to see people chanting, like it was some sort of sporting event, outside of the White House. I think it was idiotic." Read More

Chris Douglas-Roberts:

A twitter war has erupted over basketball player Douglas-Roberts' skeptical comments about the assassination: "Is this a celebration? Is this the beginning of a huge religious war? It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy. It took 10 years and two wars to kill that guy. It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that guy. But we #winning though. Haaaa. (Sarcasm)." Read More

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Cx

its good hes dead, but what comes now might be just as destructive as 9/11. on the other hand bush, obama, blair and some others should die as well then, cause they caused at least the same amount of deaths. the basketplayer is right

Cx

its good hes dead, but what comes now might be just as destructive as 9/11. on the other hand bush, obama, blair and some others should die as well then, cause they caused at least the same amount of deaths. the basketplayer is right

tribalzendancer

Obama/Bush and Osama are brothers. We lambasted Osama bin Laden for being willing to kill 3,000 innocent civilians on 9/11 to strike back against the US government, and yet our own government has killed over 600,000 to 1 million innocent civilians in the last 10 years in an effort to kill just a handful of people. Do Americans really cheer at this? Consider it justice? I am frankly disgusted right now.

ps - here is another good article on today's news by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: http://www.filmsforaction.org/News/Osama_bin_Ladens_Second_Death/

tribalzendancer

Obama/Bush and Osama are brothers. We lambasted Osama bin Laden for being willing to kill 3,000 innocent civilians on 9/11 to strike back against the US government, and yet our own government has killed over 600,000 to 1 million innocent civilians in the last 10 years in an effort to kill just a handful of people. Do Americans really cheer at this? Consider it justice? I am frankly disgusted right now.

ps - here is another good article on today's news by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: http://www.filmsforaction.org/News/Osama_bin_Ladens_Second_Death/

Anonymous

an eye for an eye make the whole world blind.

when are we going to understand our own psychology and learn from it? Or is that our fault?

We know our actions will end up creating our own demise but can't stop them.

goes back to the realist vs. idealist debate

any comments or ideas ? time to think

Anonymous

an eye for an eye make the whole world blind.

when are we going to understand our own psychology and learn from it? Or is that our fault?

We know our actions will end up creating our own demise but can't stop them.

goes back to the realist vs. idealist debate

any comments or ideas ? time to think

tkaptur

Good point. I feel something was really said when they shot Osama up and dumped him in the ocean. I guess to most people he's the one who murdered the Americans innocent public eye. It's only right we take that point of view of his from his followers, which are all over the place. REALISTICALLY it makes America as much of a criminal as him, especially with what we've done to get to him. IDEALLY understanding is needed instead of guns. Lets not forget the US government was funding Osama and his freedom fighters against the Soviets not so long ago... Justifiable homicide? Perhaps. Best solution? Maybe, but who's to judge? There is obviously no god on this planet and the human race surely hasn't evolved enough to get along and work/play nicely together. :)

tkaptur

Good point. I feel something was really said when they shot Osama up and dumped him in the ocean. I guess to most people he's the one who murdered the Americans innocent public eye. It's only right we take that point of view of his from his followers, which are all over the place. REALISTICALLY it makes America as much of a criminal as him, especially with what we've done to get to him. IDEALLY understanding is needed instead of guns. Lets not forget the US government was funding Osama and his freedom fighters against the Soviets not so long ago... Justifiable homicide? Perhaps. Best solution? Maybe, but who's to judge? There is obviously no god on this planet and the human race surely hasn't evolved enough to get along and work/play nicely together. :)

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