Monday, May 16, 2011
The Weirdness of Osama Bin Laden
But there are so many weird things about Bin Laden. He was, of course, our CIA covert asset for many years (this is probably news to most Americans, given their vast and increasing historical incomprehension). We, the Saudis, and the Pakistanis recruited, trained, and equipped Bin Laden and thousands of his Islamist pals--we called them 'Muhajideen' and 'freedom fighters' then--for our own 'jihad' against the Soviet Union in the 70s, 80s and 90s. First in Afghanistan in the 1980s, then in Muslim areas of the former Soviet Union (Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Dagestan, etc.) and of the Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia) in the 1990s. (This is all fully documented.) In all of these areas, these Islamist 'Arab Afghans' served our American national interest (destroying the Soviets while also increasing our military presence in the vital petroleum regions of the Middle East and Central Asia). Weird, eh?
Then, like magic, just when we needed a 'new Pearl Harbor' (courtesy of the neo-con 'Project for a New American Century') to launch our war on Iraq (and possibly Iran, Libya, Syria, etc.), guess who shows up? That's right, our Islamist freedom fighter and ally Osama Bin Laden. What an amazing coincidence!! Very convenient for us that this faithful ally of ours, who had done so much for us over 20 years, now turns against us just when we need a pretext for our wars.
And like some comic book superhero, Bin Laden and his cadre of terrorists sliced through our incomparable national defenses like a knife through soft butter. Our NORAD/Pentagon/CIA/FBI/NSA/DIA/etc. forces were simply helpless before his stealthy and uncanny maneuvers and tactics, using such high tech weapons as box cutters! And then, whoosh, he just as quickly disappeared, and we, with our vast, trillion dollar per year global intelligence network, were unable to locate him for 10 years, until a few months ago! Living with his large family in a huge walled compound in the West Point of Pakistan. We are just a pretty weak and helpless nation, don't you think, when it comes to this Darth Vader of Villains, Osama Bin Laden?