The ongoing bin Laden saga...
"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."~~From the Movie, The Matrix The ever-changing,
ever-growing bin Laden story becomes ever more preposterous. The cowardly bin
Laden is now the vain bin Laden, the terror mastermind who has nothing to do but
to sit and watch videos of himself.
Washington released a
video of an alleged bin Laden indulging in self-admiration, but there is no
sound. Why? Was the video made without sound? Did Washington delete the
audio? The video seems to show the alleged bin Laden speaking to someone in the
room. Is the voice not bin Laden's? Is the alleged bin Laden referring to the
image on the screen in the third person, as not himself? Why would bin Laden
have a video made of himself watching videos of himself? Why is a video of bin
Laden watching bin Laden a headline story? Is it meant to substitute for the
absence of a corpse?
As one reader put it, "The
government is playing with us, experimenting to see if there is any tall tale we
The story keeps changing
as to whether "bin Laden's compound," no longer a million dollar luxury mansion,
had Internet and communications or relied on couriers. The latest installment is
that bin Laden was online. Washington says that the raid delivered into its
hands bin Laden's emails and diary, which, Washington claims, show an active bin
Laden directing his terror network to carry out more plots. If bin Laden was
online, why did Obama have to find him by trailing a
Somehow the SEALs grabbed
bin Laden's diary and emails, but left all sorts of other documents that
allegedly have fallen into Pakistani hands. These left-behind documents now
serve as a pretext for more disputes with Pakistan and another excuse for
ignoring Pakistan's protests about the military operations the US carries out in
Pakistan, violating the sovereignty of the country.
Why would the SEALs leave
behind so many precious documents? First they kill for no reason the mastermind
who could have revealed the world of terror; then they depart, leaving terror
records behind. Some will say that this is typical US government incompetence.
So how did such an incompetent government find bin Laden?
Any documents left behind
were most likely carried in by the SEALs as plants. Has anyone independent of
Washington examined the alleged bin Laden diary and confirmed that it was in bin
Laden's handwriting? These kind of questions are the kind the media, back when
we had one, used to ask.
The bin Laden story is now
such a fable with so many contradictory bits that people can pick and choose to
suit the telling. Time magazine likes it all, except the part about an
all-powerful bin Laden, still in control, rejecting an underling's proposal "to
fit a tractor with rotating blades to use to "mow down the enemies of Allah.'"
Time prefers a bin Laden who was unsettled by his realization that he had lost
his "historic significance" prior to losing his life to the US Navy SEALs.
If bin Laden had lost his
significance, why did Obama get such a boost in the polls from his claim that he
found bin Laden and had him killed?
The American Empire cannot
do without bin Laden. The next installment of the fable will be that bin Laden
escaped, leaving behind a double, and is abroad carrying out more terror
As the fable continues,
try to rescue from the Memory Hole the fact that we were presented with a death
without a corpse and that Washington has no explanation for why an unarmed,
undefended, frail man, who was a font of terrorist information, was murdered and
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)