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Ding, Dong, Osama is Dead!

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Why now?

Osama Bin Laden died in December of 2001 from terminal kidney disease.   Why was he resurrected this week to "die again"? Qui bono, who benefits?

Was it perhaps to draw attention away from the assassination of Kadhafi's son and grandsons?   World buzz towards the NATO forces implementing the "third war" in Libya was growing more negative, undermining support for this front?   Now, no one is mentioning Kadhafi or his grandchildren--and, subtly, assassination as a battle strategy is given a boost through Osama.

Or were the voices of 911 truthers becoming more strident?   Growing prevalence of the "no planes theory" that posited explosives brought down the empty twin towers and some of the Pentagon, have led to research that questions the veracity of some of the possible victims and families.   Theories are abounding that the 911 victims of the "planes" and the towers were really "vicsims', created electronically and backstoried to provide sympathetic, heart-tugging stories to inspire support of the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.   Great chance to revisit the "official story" now, and replay the memes of heroic passengers and tragic jumpers.

Or, did Osama come back to draw our attention away from other crises?   Radiation from Fukushima, devastating weather in the Midwest and South, the precarious dollar and our teetering house of economic cards?   Growing unemployment, foreclosures and homelessness, raiding of our tattered social safety net to feed the war machine?   Which of these factors contributed to the decision to play the Osama card?

Finally, why now?   The next election is a year and a half away--isn't it too early to make our President a hero?   Sure, his numbers will go up, but the electorate's memory fades quickly"    We just had the furor over the President's birth certificate, which is still being challenged on multiple fronts.      Will an Osama distraction silence the birthers?   I doubt it.   The military-industrial complex has been chomping at the bit regarding Iran for the past few years--how might a victory against Osama reframe that currently unpopular initiative?

I don't have the answer.   Yes, I'm not surprised they "have Osama's DNA""they "would have it" even if they really didn't have it.   And I truly believe he's dead.   What I can't figure out is why he "died" yesterday.

Qui bono?

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