The Watering Hole: Wednesday, May 4, 2011: HUMP DAY

People around the world are rejoicing that Osama bin Laden was killed.

I am not. And I find it disconcerting that we celebrate anyone’s death.

“Everyone” knows we killed the mastermind behind 9/11. Or did we? Since there was no investigation, no trial, are we not supporting vigilante justice?

Meanwhile, the noise machine on the right is giving credit to Bush II, and his policies of torturing suspects as the reason Obama was finally able to track Bin Laden down to a mansion in Pakistan.

But if torture is so effective, so able to learn the location of the ticking time bomb in time to diffuse it, why didn’t 7 years of torturing people under Bush II lead to the whereabouts of Bin Laden?

One thing is certain, Bin Laden could not have been tried for the crimes of 9/11. A trial would have revealed the jumbo-jet sized holes in the official story, the physical and technological impossibilities one has to swallow in order to belief the official explanation into the events of that day. I believe a trial would have resulted in acquittal.

But Bin Laden had to die, and he is dead. But the cause he championed lives on, and will continue to live on, as long as the very few prosper at the expense of everyone else. To the extent Bin Laden fought against the great disparity of wealth in this world, that fight continues, and will continue until we decide we no longer need to heap vast amounts of wealth on a very few families to ensure the survival of our species.

To the extent he fought to instill Islam as the world’s religion, that cause will eventually fade as we, as a species, realize we are all connected, and no longer care for the religious zealotry that divides us and pits us against each other.

(The views expressed in this article are the author’s alone, and not reflective of everyone at the Zoo.)

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