I was interested to read this blog post tonight. It drew my attention because the author is the now “online famous guy” who tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden’s house. I say house it was more of a prison where he was forced to live with three or four wives. To be honest with you all if I was going to get myself a place to hide for five or so years it would have had a fridge, a TV, an X-box and a courier who was less into delivering video tapes to TV stations and more into fetching me food and beer for my earlier mentioned fridge. But hey! Some of us like food and beer and some of us like making video tapes.
The blog post by Really Virtual is an independent train of thought, with no agenda or media audience to play up to. It’s sensible and as the guy lives in Abbottabad it’s more reliable than ABC, BBC, CBeebies etc etc. The fact that when questioned in the coffee shop in Abbottabad no students care about the OBL situation is a wonderful microcosm of the entire world, does anyone care? I mean it’s been over a week now, should we care?
Osama bin Laden was a wanted man, supported by the CIA in the 1980’s, ignored by the Saudis in the 1990’s, angry at the world ever since. Simple as that. He was a bit pissed off. But hey! What ever your thoughts on OBL he was right to be a little bit pissed off about the Palestine situation, I say that from the point of view of a western, fat, spoilt atheist – I can see it’s wrong why can’t the people in charge see it? But I disagree with violence especially towards civilians. 9-11 was an attack on civilians, so was the Iraq war, the Mumbai attacks, what about Vietnam, the Beslan school siege how many innocent people died in Japan in 1945, etc, etc, etc, no one on any “side” is blameless. Killing civilians is wrong, it’s no more wrong in America on 9-11, but it’s equally as abhorrent as any other civilian deaths anywhere. We forget sometimes that life is equally valued across the world. It’s not about what side you are on…. oh yeah and let me get on to the “side” game. I hate all of this – us and them, the Christians and the Muslims, the white’s and the browns, those foreigners and those home guard patriots yee-har! (For a start I’m not a Christian, I dropped that label when I reached the age of reason.)
It’s all bollocks. What about this label – “Those men making money lots of cash out of war sending their own countries poor peoples children to fight abroad to kill an enemy who opposes their capitalist agenda?” Is that an acceptable label in this debate? No? Why not? We see people from poor backgrounds choosing the military because it guarantees them a way out of their poor situation, it offers pay and pensions. And yet we also see rich men at the heads of corporations buying influence and votes in Whitehall and beyond; getting what they want from any situation. They profit from war, they profit from economic prosperity, they profit from illness and economic failure too. They own the tank and gun companies, the drug companies and the companies that administer corporate failure and the indignation of benefit pay outs. They don’t kill our troops, but they turn a blind eye when a war makes them money or opens up lucrative markets, smiling at the cash returns, ignoring the rivers of blood.
In the West capitalism and freedom is “good” and within reason it is. It offers me the chance to say these things and not worry about a knock at the door from the secret police, I can earn a living and no one questions the amount – no matter how small. I can drive and even own a car and a house should I so choose, I can go on holiday, smoke, drink, fuck out of wedlock, eat too much, dance like a prick, shriek and scream (but I call it singing) and play games on Facebook that are pointless, meaningless shit. But among all of that someone is making a buck or a dollar or a pound, on me! It’s not the people in this system that are wrong, it’s the system itself. It’s the same system that allows a “free” media to tell us how to think, what to wear and who’s the bad guy. Again I’m not defending OBL, he’s not the rule but the exception. He was a twat, a cunt, an arsehole, a murderer, a conspirator, a terrorist but he was also a coward, a man on the run, a failure. He wasn’t a Muslim scholar or leader so why do we treat him so? Why do we associate him with a religion of around 2bn people? Is he their spokesman – No! Are there 2bn terrorists in the world all ready to fight and die for the cause. Of course not. Around 1,999,999,903 are pretty calm, moderate, sensible, funny, witty, entertaining people, just like the Jews and the whites! But then flip the coin, we have mental right wing neo-conservative Jews and bat shit crazy insane white dudes who all wanna blow up the world and kill us all. Let’s not forget Islamic fundamentalists haven’t got ownership of ignorance and stupidity, it’s everywhere and festers every society and country on Earth.
OBL was an extremely isolated case, al Qaida is and always will exist as a train of thought, an ideology and a way of life for a tiny amount of people who know no better, want to feel belonging, to have insane brotherhood or have a false purpose in their lives, but it’s just an extreme belief that the vast, vast majority of human beings will ignore and repress because at the bottom of it all we are ALL the same. We all want happiness, wives (or husbands), families, jobs and a home, friends, the occasional meal and bit of peace and quiet.
As for the media. They make money out of labels and… Osama bin Laden wasn’t an innocent man, far from it, but he wasn’t the Bond Villain orchestrating death from a cave either. The media is always GOOD vs BAD, with us or against us, black and white, rich and poor, but ultimately most things exist in the grey area and are much more complicated than ITV News would have us believe.
Open your minds, you know the score, you don’t need to be told it in an over simplified way. Now have I told you in a very condescending and particularly over simplified way that murder is evil and bad? No I’m not an agent of BBC News 24.