Bin Laden’s Assassination: Feeding Red Meat To America’s Imperialist Fervor

There is nothing like a “good killing” to make America proud and  a politician go up in the polls. Since the hit on Osama Bin Laden executed by US Navy Seals, President Obama has gained 7 percent  in the polls. His 50 percent approval rating, thanks to the killing of Bin Laden has jumped to 57 percent. The US President is getting praised from such “luminaries” as former Vice President Dick Cheney. Most Americans are happy and cheering without any second thoughts. After all, they finally got their bogeymen, and the “face of evil” used to justify the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is gone. And because in the United States the perception of reality is a simplistic black or white with no shades of grey, most people feel that the death of someone assassinated in a sovereign country is a cause for celebration.

Despite the “fog of war” surrounding the mission ordered and watched live by the President, the American people are asking very few questions. They are just happy the Bin Laden chapter is closed, as if the death of a man killed in murky circumstances would bring America back to the “innocent” golden years of before 9/11/2001. On 9/11, America’s feeling of invulnerability was lost and the country is still trying to recover from this deep open wound. But today, America wants to feel proud, invincible as if the killing of a symbolic figure head could make everything alright again. Americans, at large, do not care about the global geopolitical consequences of Bin Laden’s killing: they just wanted the ultimate “bad guy” dead. Beside the question of the photographic evidence of  Bin Laden’s death, very few Americans are asking themselves the real questions: Why now? Does it matter? Should America declare “mission accomplished” and get out of Afghanistan? Or does it mean an escalation of the conflict to Pakistan?

At first, Americans were told that Bin Laden fought and was killed in a fire fight. But they shortly found out that in the Navy Seal’s “fog of war” theory, Bin Laden was killed “clean” with a bullet in the chest and one in the head to finish him off. It appears that Osama Bin Laden didn’t fight and was killed unarmed execution style. Americans could care less about the details, the repercussions and even about the legality of the operation according to international laws.

The truth or even reality doesn’t really  matter to most people in the United States. What truly matters  is that the empire successfully  struck back and appears to be in the driver seat again. However, if some Americans are expecting that the closed chapter of Bin Laden means an end to the “war on terror”, they are grossly mistaken. It is just the beginning of “War on Terror: the sequel”. But this time around, forget Afghanistan, forget Iraq, the next target will be Pakistan.

The attack on Bin Laden’s compound has made the US covert war in Pakistan fully overt. The assassination of Bin Laden wasn’t conducted by CIA operatives, but instead by US special forces in breach of Pakistan sovereignty. They obviously benefited from the complicity of part of the ISI and some officials from the Pakistani government. But again, who has anything to gain from all  this? Anti-American sentiments run rampant in Pakistan, and more than 75 percent of Pakistanis believe that 9/11 was an inside job. Pakistan and the United States are supposed to be allied in the so called war on terror, but yet the two countries have very different agendas.

The ISI, under the direction and the help of the CIA, made Bin Laden and what would eventually become the Taliban in the 1980s, and part of the ISI  still has an allegiance to Afghanistan’s Taliban. However, they are fighting Pakistani Taliban who threaten Pakistan’s territorial integrity. Americans do not get the complexity of the tricky geopolitical context where India, the arch enemy of Pakistan, plays a center role. If Americans think that the killing of Bin Laden will end the US involvement in Afghanistan they are kidding themselves.

The book “War on Terror” is still wide open, and the killing of Bin Laden will insure that Guantanamo will stay open for a lot longer and that  “legal” tools such as the Patriot Act and other neo-fascist legaleses will  stay fully implemented. If you think the war on terror is over, think again. The endless war on terror is not only good business for the industrial-military complex, it is also good politics judging by President Obama’s boost in US public opinion polls. Even so we will not see the photographic evidence for a while, Osama Bin Laden is dead and America is cheering the news as if it was about justice. However, this is not about justice but about revenge and the assertion of the global reach of the empire.

Editor’s Note: All photographs by Gilbert Mercier.




10 Responses to Bin Laden’s Assassination: Feeding Red Meat To America’s Imperialist Fervor

  1. Paule Wendleberger May 5, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Brilliantly put and couldn’t say any better! Yes, the war will just continue, even now with their scapegoat gone all the pieces are still in place.

  2. Brand New Products May 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting bit of information about the fact that it was not about justice but revenge

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  4. Temmers May 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    What is the military industrial complex? From what I can find there is no defense company with profits exceeding 4%, which is about what most successful companies pull in. By successful I mean able to operate…not freak giants like Apple or Google.

    Finally, how are revenge and justice different? Isn’t one simply socially “blessed” while the other is not?

    The article has good ideas but it’s flat. Perhaps more time spent researching Uzbekistan, natural gas rights, poppy harvests going back to 1999, heroin, or the far more profitable Prison-Industrial-Complex. Believe me, there’s a whole lot more money in prisons.

    Expect more from your articles. People are reading, you have a responsibility.

  5. Temmers May 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    One more thought for Mr. Mercier. Believe it or not, many of the people who are part of the Military Industrial Complex, at least the crappy part (military members) see eye-to-eye with you. I garantee that one thing they cannot stand (more often than not) are civilians.

    The reason being that military members hold the American voters responsible for all military operations. Consider that most civilians say they support the troops while: rejecting taxes to pay for equipment; vote for politicians that prolong deployments/wars; electing politicians that bind their (military members) hands so they are left to simply catch bullets with their chests.

    I wonder what they would have to say about where this is going, the reach of the US empire, etc. Military members find out first hand what a complete failure our government is and how poorly it is reported by the MSM.

    Take a listen from the avg. enlistee (while not in uniform). Buy them a beer, have an earfull. Ask them about where they things going, US impact, and why they are abandoning the military. You’ll get no better source.

  6. dick May 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    What a strange viewpoint and article. Yes, the war on terror will continue for a long time. Why? Because there are tens of thousands of muslim fanatics who want to kill me, you, our spouses, our children, etc. It appears this Mercier nimrod doesn’t want to believe reality, therefore he doesn’t.

  7. TogWoo May 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I dont think he is dead. Obama refusing to release the so called “death pics” is a big slap in the face to the American Sheeple. Big Middle Finger Salute to Obama and his Administration!

  8. Fred Garvin May 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Pure conjecture on your part. I find it difficult to take you seriously since your rant is clearly based on strong emotional feelings and appeals.

    I also discount anyone who uses the phrase “could care less” as someone lacking in critical-thinking skills. Think about it for a moment and consider what it means.

  9. wwkirk May 6, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Yeah, you’re right. But so bleepin what?!

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