First there was this Bin Laden:
And, for a while, it seemed that the many claims that Bin Laden had died of Kidney failure were probably true. But then, up popped this Bin Laden:
words put into his mouth by the White House, specifically words that implicated him in the 9/11 attacks, which the previous Bin Ladens had denied.
Then things went quiet for a few years, but then...after some facial reconstruction and a nice new set of duds, this Bin Laden made an appearance
the video frames were conveniently frozen.
Then a couple of years later, we had this Bin Laden splashed across the world's broadsheets:
FBI gave us this Bin Laden:
the FBI isn't interested in any of the above 'Bin Ladens' in connection with the 9/11 attacks. In fact, for several years now, no one has been much interested in Bin Laden or his whereabouts, even the smirking chimp "truly wasn't concerned" about him a few years ago.
So why should the back-room boys in Washington dig him back up now and kill him off, this time for good it seems? Bin Laden (and the alleged hunt for him) was used to justify the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, but those missions have now been 'accomplished' in the sense that those two nations are now US client states (coincidentally, or not, May 1st was the anniversary of Dubya's "Mission Accomplished" speech in 2003). A new stage in the American Imperial War of Terror is in the offing and the 'death' of Bin Laden provides two important ingredients for that next stage:
- A rallying of patriotism back home and among Right Wing Authoritarians the world over and public support for continued military action
- A plausible reason to re-deploy troops and other resources from Iraq and Afghanistan to future theaters of colonial war (think Libya, Pakistan, Syria - or just take your pick!)
As an aside: If the threats of this mind-programmed patsy end up having any substance to them, you'll know where to look for the culprits.