Well now that the splintery woodplank of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan has flattened Jafar into oblivion, I suppose it’s now time for him to spout cute and comfy pablum like:
We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.
And some of “Hacksaw’s” biggest fans can conclude:
His call to Americans to remember what unifies us, to remember that “justice has been done,” is a defining opening to seize. It is time to end the “global war on terror” we have lived with for this last decade.
Man, ever since the world don’t have a Jafar no more, everything has changed! Peep this photographic evidence of a bro rockin’ it in the new Jafar-free golden age:
Sick! That dude is so stoked to be part of the 38th best country in the world! And check out this awesome AP wire:
For now, the U.S. is insisting that bin Laden’s death will not trigger a rapid withdrawal.
“This victory will not mark the end of our effort against terrorism,” said U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry in a statement released in Kabul. “America’s strong support for the people of Afghanistan will continue as before.”
Similarly, NATO said the alliance and its partners would “continue their mission to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for extremism, but develops in peace and security.”
Listen, it’s obvious we crave an easy enemy to make sense of the bloodshed and carnage of the American empire and its subsequent blowback. But our reliance on cheap and simplistic binaries ensures that we will never grasp the true implications of this, I would say, almost significant assassination.
At best, Osama Bin-Laden was the spiritual mentor of dangerous, but fragmented paramilitary group called Al-Qaida that doesn’t have much to do with Afghanistan anymore. And unlike the currently Guantanamo-held Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Osama Bin Laden didn’t have all that much to do with 9/11. Which of course is a repugnant view shared by those conspiracy theorists at the FBI:
Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI responded, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.” Tomb continued, “Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 9/11.”
Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.
It’s not that Al-Qaida is not responsible for 09/11. They are. It’s been verified. But Jafar’s murder is a mere symbolic event to rally the peasants into a brutish frenzy. More opportunities to chant USA USA USA, and descend into the murky swamp of nationalism, violence, tribalism, patriotism, and stupidity. The permanent war machine needs the occasional lubrication to ensure acquiescence of the governed. I would say our streetlight scaling bro is in pretty ripe condition, so…Rage on, War Machine.
If anything is significant about bin Laden’s targeted assassination, it’s its extrajudicial nature and who carried it out… the Joint Special Operation Command, the ultra elite brigade of Navy Seals, described in Jeremy Scahill’s essential (no surprise) Nation piece, as “a surgical type of unit…if you need someone that can sky dive from thirty miles away, and go down the chimney of the castle, and blow it up from the inside—those are the guys you want to call on.” And as demonstrated in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and more these extrajudicial targeted assassinations are becoming increasingly commonplace in the axis of the Bush-Obama, post-9/11 military landscape.
More from Scahill
Several Special Ops sources say that President Obama has taken concrete steps to once again integrate JSOC more fully into the broader US military strategy globally… The primacy of JSOC within the Obama administration’s foreign policy…indicates that he has doubled down on the Bush-era policy of targeted assassination as a staple of US foreign policy.
What’s significant here is the insignificance of due process, truth, and ironically justice. If you read one piece about the assassination of Jafar, avoid the all self-stroking puffery and read Jeremy Scahill’s article.