Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Bin Laden dead, delusions are still alive

Took them long enough, almost 10 years, but America finally got Bin Laden. And it's not as if he was hiding in the remote caves Pakistan, as it was assumed, so while this in itself is a great success for the USA the time it took to achieve it, during which Bin Laden almost became an afterthought, takes some shine off it. In any event, good riddance to bad rubbish.

But while Osama is in for a nasty surprise as he is learning his maker is not what he believed he was, the delusions that have dominated the public discourse when it comes to global jihad are still very much alive. The biggest of which is the one that the US and it's allies are winning "the war", or if they were not winning it up to this point they have turned the tide.

Nope, none of it is true. Things are, in general, going very badly for the west. While even Barack Obama noted that it is far from over, it's the reasons why it is so that escape him and mainstream pundits. Osama Bin Laden did not invent jihad, it did not begin with him and it is not going to end with his death. Western officials not only deny this, they deny that the very nature of the conflict is in fact global jihad against non-muslims. Instead the enemy is still portrayed in abstract terms such as "evil" and "totalitarianism". Under such circumstances, any real, sincere defense of civilization, providing the fact that current US and European leaders actually want tto defend it, is impossible. Fighting a war is much more then just military action, it is also preparing the nation for the conflict mentally. How can one be prepared for a conflict that has been falsely identified right from the begining? Not only that, the officials went out of their way to dispel any notion that 9/11, Bin Laden, Al Qaeda had anything to with islam. Bearing that in mind, it is no wonder that the ideology that has driven Osama and his actions is making steady and ever faster inroads in America and Europe. Until that changes killing a 1000 Bin Ladens will not matter in the grand scheme of things.

As a final note I can not help but agreeing with Ilana Mercer's take on people hitting the streets to celebrate Bin Laden's death. Sorry, but I do not recall rallies in honour of Hitler's death, coincidentially announced on the same date, May 1st, as that of Bin Laden. Back then, people rejoiced not for the death of the Fuhrer, a figure much more murderous then Osama, but for the end of the war. Another reminder of how much America has fallen spiritually.

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