Bye, Osama

Osama bought the farm! It’s like bedding your old girlfriend for the first time at the tenth reunion: It’s sweet but it’s not what it could have been then!

And there goes the election, I am afraid. Fact is that it seems to be a Leon Panetta operation. President Obama chose him to head the CIA and allowed him to do his job. I had harsh words for Panetta, my near- neighbor, when he was appointed. I was at least partly wrong. Panetta also let the professionals in the CIA do their job. It wasn’t always obvious he would. If the first report is correct, there is additional aesthetic satisfaction in the fact the the terrorist poster-boy was killed in a firefight, more or less western-style. His death via a bomb would have provided far less satisfaction. Of course, don’t expect the worldwide violent jihad to stop. It will get worse before it gets better, I think.

There are commentaries in Al Jazeera in English protesting Bin Laden being buried at sea. I have not heard this anywhere else on English-language of French language media. It would be interesting and disappointing if it were true. (I am not saying it is.) We don’t need another presidentially engineered mystery.

About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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3 Responses to Bye, Osama

  1. Jerome Potts says:

    Dites, vous auriez pas envie de l’épeler Ben Ladin, comme moi, par hasard? Rien que pour les faire chier? Allez…
    Je m’explique: Benjamin, Saladin (Salah Ad’Din). J’aime pas trop cette distinction entre la translittération des noms juifs et celle, récente, de certains musulmans.
    Je reconnais qu’ainsi, Google vous amènera moins de lecteurs, mais bon…

  2. Jerome Potts says:

    Never mind my previous, je vois que je me suis trompé de porte.

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      Jerome: Interessant mais je ne comprends pas de quoi vous parlez. Toutes les transliterations de l’Arabe sont plus ou mons arbitraires, il me semble.

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