Monday, May 2, 2011
What is the Future?
The world is kind of crazy. Obama kills Osama. There's irony in that - if you subscribe to the fringe Republican point of view that Obama is a secret Muslim. It is also ironic, of course, Osama Bin Laden was once one of "our guys". The CIA trained and funded him. We created him! We used him to front our war against the Soviets, since he fought with the Afghan Arabs in their rebel fight against the Soviet-backed Marxist government in Afghanistan.
Anyway, we manage to kill Osama Bin Laden just days after NATO airstrikes targeting Libyan dictator Colonel Muammer Gaddafi fail, and kill his son and three grandchildren instead.
Obviously, it's kind of dangerous to be part of the family of a U.S.-targeted bad guy. There was an unidentified woman supposedly used as a human shield who was also killed along with Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden in the surprise attack yesterday on his million dollar home in northern Pakistan. Then again, back in 1986, when the U.S launched a surprise air attack on one of Gaddafi's residences, they killed his daughter instead.
But it all gets so strangely intertwined. In 1998, Gaddafi issued the first international interpol arrest warrant for - you guessed it - Osama Bin Laden! Gaddafi warned the U.S. and the rest of the world that Bin Laden was a dangerous extremist terrorist. We didn't listen. We thought he was trying to make himself look like a good guy by comparison.
Bin Laden was a thorn in Gaddafi's side. According to some reports, Osama Bin Laden actually lived for a time, undercover, in the city of Benghazi. Sound familiar? Yes, Benghazi is the rebel stronghold for those fighting against Gaddafi and seeking his ouster. In fact, they want him dead. The Libyan rebels are complaining to the U.S.: If you can kill Osama Bin Laden, why can't you kill Gaddafi?
And so the world goes round. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? If politicians cannot predict, then psychics are surely at a disadvantage.