Osama’s Dead. Does This Mean No More Airport Rape?
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps in a cave in Tora Bora, Osama bin Laden is now officially dead. I am happy that he is gone, and I think the world is a better place without him, but as much as I would love to believe we have entered into a new era of foreign policy – punctuated on one end by a terrible terrorist attack and on the other by retribution for said terrorist – I simply cannot believe it.
Ever heard the saying “a day late and a dollar short”? How about 10 years late and a trillion short? Now that it is “all over,” what are we left with? As far as I can tell, we have two shooting wars, massive unfunded public debt, 6000 dead troops, tens of thousands of dead civilians, and a Middle Eastern populace that hates us even more. Oh, and one dead Osama. I am still searching for the significance here.
The fact is, on most every important battleground, the terrorists won this fight years ago. In a post 3 months ago, I noted that:
I believe that the 9/11 attacks changed the entire fabric of our political, international, economic, and cultural existence because we let them change it.
If that is not indication that the terrorists should be the ones high fiving and yelling “Mission Accomplished,” I’m not sure what is.
…So why did these people turn us into simpering cowards who wouldn’t dare bring shampoo on an airplane? We let them change us.
Why did we let these Islamofascists turn the land of the free into a Patriot Act police state? We let them do it…
Now Radley Balko has gotten into the act as well, penning an article pithily called “Osama Won.” If you thought the terrorism fight was all about being fondled by the otherwise unemployable monkeys at airport checkpoints, check out some of the other assaults on your basic freedoms and civil liberties. The article is well worth your time.
The fact is, Osama’s death is not the end of anything. This fight will not be over until the troops are back from the sandbox, the military budget is slashed to reflect this fact, and most importantly, the Constitution is taped back together.
Oh, and no more gate rape, please.