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After the Victory

posted 5 May 2011, 07:59 by Admin uk

After the Victory by Heiko Khoo


The arrogant fashion in which questions about details of the killing of Osama bin Laden are swept aside by the U.S. Government and many journalists is disturbing. Assertion replaces evidence, no material is presented to back up the assertion, and if you still ask questions, you are a labelled a conspiracy theorist.


Actually it is true that there is no need for the U.S to release video or photographic evidence, recover the body, or prove they killed bin Laden. All the evidence is still in-situ at the scene of the assassination. The compound is covered in the blood and brains of bin Laden, and his fingerprints must be all over the building. Therefore any team of forensic scientists can gather the evidence and use it to make detailed tests on DNA and fingerprints. This will leave no room for doubt. It is quite astounding that conducting such a simple investigation, at the scene of the compound in Abbottabad, has apparently not crossed the mind of anyone in the Whitehouse. For a nation suckled on forensic crime shows this is an astounding oversight!


Perhaps there is a pattern to the concealment of facts and interests, present and past, that is so ingrained in the behaviour of U.S. leaders that they are captives of their own arrogance?


A correspondence of interests between Washington and Islamic terrorism blossomed in the 1980s when the war against Afghan communists saw Osama bin Laden hailed as a “freedom fighter”. A brutal and bloody trail of such unsavoury friendships and alliances is presently unravelling all over North Africa and the Middle East.


The characteristic behaviour of the United States can be assessed by its actions on the ground in many locations. A cursory examination of a few examples should suffice to illustrate patterns evident over recent decades, for example, the war on Afghanistan, on Iraq, on Libya, the bombings of Sudan and Yugoslavia, the occupations of Haiti, Panama and Grenada. Each separate event was supported by completely plausible explanations, requiring no serious justification to the U.S. public beyond the assertion of ‘national interests’ and the defence of ‘human rights’.


In the affected countries many saw these actions as akin to the behaviour of a Mafia boss, others saw it as the pursuit of global geo-strategic hegemony. The great democracies were able to isolate the voice of their internal opponents, through their ability to win the silent acquiescence of the majority, by means of material well-being. “We live ok don’t we?” This was the standard retort to questioning the barbarity inflicted on the world by western military and economic dominance.


Whilst a few hundred billionaires came to own more wealth than half of the world’s population, and corrupt rulers backed by the West plundered the wretched of the earth, the powerful impact of rising living standards silenced the dissent of the majority.


In the context of dictatorial plunder of the Middle East and North Africa by pro-U.S. rulers, Osama bin Laden provided a moral compass and heroic model for the birth of Al-Qaeda’s network of terrorists. The movement was given a powerful boost by U.S. intervention in Afghanistan 2001 and Iraq in 2003.


The decisive blow that undermined Al-Qaeda was delivered not by U.S. armies of occupation, but by the Arab youth and the urban poor in their revolts across the region since last December. These revolts did what Al-Qaeda was incapable of doing, raising the non-religious flag of revolutionary political and social change.


The killing of Osama bin Laden is a symbolic act that stimulates noisy, triumphant cheers, but simultaneously drowns out a rational assessment of the failure of the Afghan and Iraq wars and wider U.S. policy throughout the region. The continuing weakness of international capitalism means the moods of cheering crowds are not supplemented by the feel-good factor that silenced dissent in the past.


In this context small chinks in the armour of the most powerful imperialist nation in history, can acquire an explosive character. Over the next years, disillusioned and impoverished returning soldiers will be a significant factor shaping consciousness in the ‘Land of the Free’. A volatile discontent with the falling living standards of the working class in the USA was revealed in recent mass protests in Wisconsin. The evidence of how U.S soldiers and workers are treated, when compared with the protection of bankers and corporate swindlers, will lead to a profound shift in consciousness. There will be a realisation that the rulers of the United States are no more concerned about the rights of the majority inside their own country, than for the rights of the poor in foreign lands.