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The strange story of the killing and disposal of someone who may have been Osama bin Laden brought back the confusion, disbelief, and sadness I felt in the first years after 911.
It was then that I read 911Timeline.net and other material which convinced me that parts of the US government and elements in Israel had a hand in the staging, execution, and/or cover-up of this horrible event. The stand-down of our air defenses, cheering Mossad agents in New Jersey, and the stonewalled official investigation led me to my belief.
Since 1989 America has had the Gulf War, combat in the former Yugoslavia, action in Somalia, the Afghan War, and the Iraq War. The United States has around 1000 foreign military bases (which rankle the local populations), and has assumed an aggressive militarism few anticipated 20 years ago. The US now has a compulsion to kill, not capture, enemy leaders.
We have met the enemy and he is us --- Pogo
We like to believe we are a just and compassionate country but sometimes our history shows the opposite. The contrast between high American promise and (at times) low American reality (often covered with glib hypocrisy), can make foreigners either cynical or angry towards the United States.
The recent execution was orchestrated and timed for domestic political advantage. Once again, Americans have focused on one man as a comic book symbol of Ultimate Evil. Obama doesn’t seem to care there is little evidence Bin Laden had anything to do with 911.
Wanted... Skeptical Americans!
Americans are increasingly open to lies and manipulation, resulting in more militarism. What is it about human nature that when people feel threatened they are more likely to stop thinking rationally? It’s easy to lead and control a people if they feel under attack.
The United States lives in a thought straightjacket. If you veer from Acceptable Truth you risk harsh criticism, ostracism, perhaps even will lose your job. To question official history requires a lot of reading, thinking, and an ability to deal with depressing facts. Most people just don’t want to go there. Many of our journalists are lazy or too timid to pursue investigative reporting. But the stink of 9/11, and now the Bin Laden execution, won’t go away.
920,000 killed in American wars since September 2001
The world has been in worse shape since 911 because of the way the Bush and Obama governments chose to respond to our loss of 2,403 American lives. Our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost around 920,000 lives. For all that, we have not ended the reasons why some people are infuriated by America. The tactical response of terrorism continues.
But It’s hard to scare a Russian!
I have noticed the Russians do not scare easily. Perhaps their (sometimes foolhardy) bravery is the reason they are not easily stampeded towards aggressive war. Their collective memory includes years of bad tsarist and communist direction. They experienced horrible loss of life through war, political oppression, and famine. Their heavy history adds to cynicism already prevalent in their thinking.
How about 20 years of no foreign wars?
People who do not scare easily are harder to manipulate. Their experience has made them dubious by nature, not so gullible. Since 1989, the end of fighting in Afghanistan, the Russians have had no foreign wars.
Russia has a more low key attitude about conflict now. Putin has said the Russian proverb... “A bad peace is better than a good war.” The result (except for the brutal fighting within Russia in Chechnya) has been 20 years of Russia at peace with the world... while those same 20 years have been filled with largely meaningless war for America.