My friend Boycy. I guess he’s next.
Ah, Bin Laden. He hit the military and financial centers of America and verily, years later, they did collapse. If any point market the decline of the American empire, that would be it. I suppose he would have had a point, if he hadn’t sent thousands of human beings to a fiery death. In the end, the protesters of the Arab spring made a much more compelling point, including one that had the benefit of improving their lives rather than leading to some end times scenario and a pleasurable death. A friend of mine said Bin Laden was his hero. Everyone on Facebook was shocked. I get his point, but I think it’s not the point.
It’s one thing to say fuck you to the American Empire. It’s another thing to actually do something positive to make a change. I’ve been reading this book A Force More Powerful. They spoke about how Polish workers overthrew the Soviet Regime not by attacking it but by simply ignoring it and building a civil society on their own. I think that’s really the way to respond to oppression and dumbassery. Just make something better. Show something better. Power is only given by consent. It will never be given away, but if it’s bothersome the people can withdraw consent.
The thing is, America circa 2001 wasn’t nearly as bad as America 2004 or even 2011 – an America where torture is OK and hypocrisy is kinda a way of life. You could say that Bin Laden marked the decline of that empire, but the roots of American economic collapse go back to the 80s, when productivity started to decline, and it’s foreign fumbling was actually pretty much a constant during the last century. Meanwhile, America elected a black President while Al Qaeda just killed more people and put Bin Laden in a mansion. So really, which side is the reasonable one?
One thing I’m really happy to see is the logic of terror being snuffed out. Not that I’m directly happy at death, I find it difficult to celebrate anything’s death, besides mosquitos. I am glad, however, that terrorists perched atop a just cause are being shuffled into the dustbin of history. From Bin Laden to Prabhakaran, the logic of violent revolt is being shown to be false. Meanwhile, the people of Tunisia and Egypt and Syria and inshallah Bahrain are showing the logic of non-violence to be, uh, logical and true.
So, good riddance to Bin Laden. You could say he started the defiance to the West but, really, who gives a shit. The West is just a direction. Far better people have marched to simply lay claim to the square meter beneath their feet and the inches between their skull. And that, my friends, is literally the greater Jihad. The lesser Jihad is the one we fight with others. The greater Jihad is the one we fight with ourselves.