Monday, May 2, 2011

Pardon the Interruption

Setting aside socionomic interpretations of his rise, decline and death and the long-term damage done to the Republic by our response to the attacks in 2001, pardon me whilst I revel for a bit in sheer jingoistic bliss.

Bin Laden Killed by CIA-Led SEALs Team, Death Hailed as Blow to Al Qaeda
from Fox News
Years of tracking the world's most-wanted terrorist culminated Sunday afternoon, when a CIA-led Navy SEALs squadron of just a few dozen men stormed Usama bin Laden's compound and killed him.

President Obama announced the results of the top-secret operation late Sunday night, calling it the most significant blow to Al Qaeda to date. Within hours, the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed more than 3,000 people was buried at sea...


David said...

Al whatever-it-is is a decentralized, diffuse movement, not a "terrorist cell."

Killing one guy is meaningless at best, creating a martyr-focal point at worst, and the whole thing stinks of political theater.

There was never any evidence of his guilt (for 9/11) really offered, and all the "data" coming from Guantanamo is tainted by torture (people tell you what they think you want to hear when you're torturing them, which makes their statements worthless).

Nothing we see is real, yet the slaves dance in the streets below the pyramids they build.

David said...
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David said...

I suggest a different interpretation of events, one more consistent with indisputable facts:

Grigg's interpretation is, except for his herding prediction of imminent hyperinflation, quite consistent with socionomic trends and forecasts.

The current reports and "news" are illusions. Reality is our clear descent into conflict, a return to 4th generation warfare (that is based on tribal/religious, rather than nationalistic, grounds).

The four century hiatus in such warfare is over. The "peace" of the 20th century is fading.

Flagg707 said...

@ David: Nothing we see is real, yet the slaves dance in the streets below the pyramids they build."

I actually don't disagree with any of your points. I will honestly admit that I took a day to enjoy the face value story (have to feed the redneck inside) before going into critical mode.

I view the whole Al Qaeda/OBL thing as a significant emotional marker. The original market crash that kicked off this past decade of turmoil will forever be linked with the events of 9/11. This killing/media event could very well mark the top of this long rally and may very well be the last time the country feels united (to some degree) in a "triumph" (no matter how hollow) for a very, very long time.