U.S.A! U.S.A.! U.S.A!………U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!
Nothing like our beloved and tired football-esque chant to lighten the streets of D.C. after the calculated ‘blood out’ of the infamous Osama Bin Laden. If the World Cup 2010 showcased the overuse of the chant and the desperate need for an actual national soccer anthem, then the celebration of Osama’s death definitely highlighted its absurdity. To be fair, he had some crazy ideas – that’s for sure. He masterminded bombings and terrorist acts over many years. On the U.S. side of things, the Navy SEALS are no joke. They are the baddest of the badasses and anyone is a fool to think the Osama operation wouldn’t make a great movie. But when did celebrating death become fun and cool?
Hold on Mr. Writer, Osama deserved what he got; it was, you might say, divine justice.
How about the 100,000 plus civilians dead in the wake of the U.S. bombing and occupation of Iraq? What about the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan known as the Kill Team? They have systematically killed civilians, including children, in Afghanistan. The government will slap them on the wrist and cover-up, but you won’t hear anyone wishing to celebrate their death – nor should they. Celebrating any death is absurd.
The quagmire of politics surrounding geostrategic occupations, (centered on fossil fuels), always result in extensive ‘negative externalities’. The disparity in wealth, energy consumption and energy resources between the U.S. and foreign, often Middle Eastern countries, undoubtedly perpetuate the dilemmas.
The truth has been long known by some and is becoming more widespread every day. We need to get off fossil fuels, particularly foreign fossil fuels. Generating the energy needs domestically pulls the military, the occupations and the subjugation away from foreign soil. The seeds of discontent, so to say, stop taking root amongst the Arab poor and disenfranchised.
In the long term it’s impossible to know how everything will pan out over the coming decade. The Osama operation certainly comes at a peculiar time; during the Arab revolutions across the region, sparked by a younger generation of the mostly educated, internet savvy dissatisfied. Osama’s death comes after a decade of economic turmoil, Homeland Security, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sept. 11th. Let us look forward, not with celebration, but with reflection. With a greater understanding of our place in this world with respect to energy consumption and geopolitics, let’s use what we’ve learned and what we have already, to develop an energy independent country over the next decade.