Friday, May 6, 2011

First the "birthers", now the "deathers"

        This is the next conspiracy theory the right wing has grabbed onto, that Osama bin Laden is not dead. Now, I can kind of see where people might think the whole burial at sea and the changing stories about what went down can seem a little hinky. However, if you think about it, the explanations that have been given about not wanting to incite the extremists with photos that they could use as recruitment tools or have a burial site for them to flock to, basically to avoid making him a martyr as much possible, makes sense.
        If there's anything that they might be trying to hide, it's exactly how he died. It's entirely possible that it wasn't a quick kill shot, boom, end of story. If they roughed him up a little before killing him, they might want to hide that. To be clear, I'm not saying that they did (and I wouldn't have a problem with it if they did), I'm just saying it's a plausible reason to not produce the body or photos of it.
        What's not plausible is the idea that Obama is just saying that bin Laden was killed to boost his popularity and win re-election. First of all, while everybody is thrilled about bin Laden's death, I don't think that's enough to ensure victory for Obama in 2012. But, more importantly, it would be incredibly stupid. All that would have to happen is for an audio or video of bin Laden to come out that was clearly taped after his supposed death. Obama would have to be a complete idiot to claim to have killed bin Laden if he didn't actually do it and I don't care what your politics are, there's no way you can say Obama is an idiot (unlike his predecessor).
        One other thing about this, there is some question about the legality of the operation. First of all, Pakistan can just shut the hell up about us conducting this operation in their country without their permission. You can't tell me the government didn't know he was there. If we had asked their permission, he would have been gone by the time we got there, assuming they even gave permission. As for the legality of killing him, this is definitely one instance where I don't give a damn whether something the government did was legal or not. This SOB was responsible for the death of thousands of innocent men women, and children. I don't care if they beat him up. I don't care if they tortured him. Hell, I would have helped them do it if I were there. This guy was the scum of the earth and whether or not his killing was legal matters not one damn bit to me. Good riddance. I only wish I believed in Hell, so I could have the satisfaction of knowing he'll be suffering there through eternity.