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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 05:38 PM
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30. What are you upset about? Doesn't killing him satisfy?
Edited on Mon May-02-11 05:44 PM by Leopolds Ghost
Yeah, Some of the celebration doesn't seem healthy, it seems like the pre-Old Testament "we killed the Great Enemy, we got souvenirs" -- I for one would have rather seen the US capture Bin Laden if only for a brief period.

Would we have tried to take Hitler alive or burned his body and scattered the remains like Stalin did? Admittedly what Hitler did was even worse, and set the stage for Bin Laden's anti-semitism too. It raises an interesting question in that capturing Bin Laden would be almost more dangerous to the US keeping him alive than killing him with a single bullet. We knew he would put up a fight anyway, so we really were catering to his wish.

I wanted to go down to Dupont Circle to the Newsroom and buy copies of the papers CNN was showing, but I found out the Newsroom has closed -- there is no place in DC I can go to buy newspapers or even metro late editions of the NY dailies (they sell the generic DC editions in local shops). So the people who are promoting and using Twitter have no long term memory of what they want or why we are still in Afghanistan and Iraq -- lacking newspapers or any long-form reading tradition, they aren't shocked by the news that we here have been saying along, that Bin Laden would be found safe in the arms of "US ally" Pakistan while we were chasing shadows in Afghanistan.

It's no wonder I haven't seen footage of US Marines jumping and cheering like the young crowds (unfortunately populated intensely by frat boys) here in the US. They know the implications and they can see the big picture, but I'm sure they're overjoyed inside, they also know what this means for Afghanistan. But the frat boys only know twitter, don't read newspapers and journalism is dying in this country, replaced by 5 channels, all of which will be on a combined TV/Internet service. So they don't know any better, not being old enough to remember why we're in Afghanistan.
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