So, I realize I dropped off the edge of the world again, but fuck, I'm a flake, what do you expect?
Anyway, what I came to write about was this Osama Bin Laden deal... I really don't understand what this celebration is all about. Sure, it's nice that a pawn of terrorism is gone, but it really doesn't change anything. Terrorism has deep roots, especially in the Middle East. And no, that's not due to Islam. It's due to how the West has treated the region. The animosity of Iran is caused by British and American imperialism starting with Operation Ajax, where the two forces just named forcefully overthrew Iran's democratically elected legislature, after they unanimously voted to nationalize their oil industry, thereby stripping British Petroleum (now BP) of their claims to Iranian oil. That animosity is then amplified by the United State's presence in Iraq, which violated Iraq's inherent sovereignty, as well as by the existence of a Jewish state that continually violates Palestinian authority, sovereignty and inherent rights.
So is this actually an end to terrorism? No, not at all. In fact, we can't win the war against terrorism. What the United States and the West are effectively trying to do is wage a war against an ideology of opposition. No matter how hard you try - no matter the arms you possess, the power you command or the support that you have - you can't defeat an ideology that has support.
So then why are we cheering over a man's death? He's gone, but that movement will never vanish. There will always be people that want the death and destruction of others. And isn't it kind of morbid and extreme to celebrate someone's death? And to celebrate by openly cheering in public areas? Are we really condoning the assassination of an individual? Because that's what it was. It was a covert mission that assassinated a man. And Isn't this celebration simply going to increase the animosity towards the West?
When will the West, especially the United States, finally throw down their bloody weapons and realize that the only way to change people is through civil disobedience? When will we finally realize that when we murder others, then others will murder us?
Maybe if the United States and the West realized that their colonialism and neo-colonialism is causing the woes of the world, then maybe then, we could finally celebrate openly in the streets.
Why can't we just give peace a chance?