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The Folk Tale of Osama bin Laden

Fantasy bin Laden bunker (not) in Afghanistan

Fantasy bin Laden bunker
(not) in Afghanistan

Once upon a time, a very wealthy Muslim extremist hatched a scheme to kill Americans, because he was jealous of their freedoms. He set up a sophisticated underground control center in Afghanistan and trained his evil minions, culminating in 911 and the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians.

Clever devil that he was, he escaped the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and escaped all attempts to find him by the mightiest military-spy complex the world has ever known. Still pursuing his single-minded goal of killing Americans, he ran an international ring of vicious terrorists, who were only foiled by constant vigilance. He ended up in a luxurious villa in Pakistan where brilliant spy work tracked him down, brilliant special soldiers flew in, and brave special forces shot him dead in a harrowing firefight.

Cowardly devil that he was, he tried to shield himself with one of his wives, who unfortunately took a bullet in the leg. The heroic soldiers took his body which was then generously prepared  according to Islamic ritual and promptly buried at sea.

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bin Laden "lair" presented on news

bin Laden “lair” presented on news

It is a good tale with an evil villain, shining heroes and a happy ending. Of course, it is almost all bulls**t, but I wonder if most people care that it is? “No questions, Shhh, go to sleep now.”

Why was Khalid Sheik Mohammed waterboarded over 80 times? Because he was the mastermind of 911. If he was the mastermind, what was bin Laden?

Why were the bombed-out caves in Afghanistan just crappy caves? Where were the sophisticated underground bunkers Rumsfeld showed us?

Why did the FBI say bin Laden was not wanted for 911, because they had no evidence that he was involved?

Why did the news say bin Laden was living in luxurious “lair” when any fool could plainly see he was living in a dump? (Quick bulldoze this dump, people are asking questions.)

And gag potential leakers, create cartoon graphics of the heroic firefight and label the questioners “conspiracy theorists.”

Actual bin Laden dump

Actual bin Laden
dump

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The truth is always knobbly, often sordid, and never as emotionally satisfying as a good folk tale.

This review of Seymour Hersh’s book The Killing of Osama bin Laden fills the three criteria of truth listed above, for those who prefer truth to folk tales.

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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