Last night and this morning in the U.S., people no doubt are wrapping their heads around the announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces yesterday. The question now becomes–will that change anything?
If we still are occupying Afghanistan and Iraq, if U.S. lives and treasure are still being squandered there, what did this accomplish?
Now do we bring our fellow citizens home, or does the war against
Oceania Eastasia continue?
Will we still look upon torture as a good thing?
My entire adult life, with the possible exception of the Clinton era (then, no ground troops were in combat), we have been on a war footing, first against the Soviet Bloc, then against ‘terror.’ When does it end?
I can already imagine the proud warhawks arguing that the fight goes on. After all, bin Laden had a second in command. And that second in command will have a key aid. And… But will the rest of us finally enforce some sanity?
Or will the war–actually wars–against
Oceania Eastasia continue? Because I am very tired of this:
Celebrate and have a good time, but the wars will go on, the 4th amendment is still a dead letter, the 1st amendment is on life support, the economy is in the toilet, gas is over $4 a barrel, Democrats and Republicans are still negotiating how fast to cut your SS and Medicare, unions are still being gutted, schools are still being turned into profit centers, and TSA agents will still touch your junk.
Surely, it is time for peace? Or at least, a respite from war.