After 911, pundits wondered why a future Saudi Prince heir to millions of petro dollars would kill 2,974 American citizens. Some claimed his homicidal rage was the result of jealousy over our achievements – we do have 3.5 color television sets per household while the third-world worries were its next meal is coming from.
We consume more energy, eat more fast food and produce more trash than the rest of the world combined.
That made Bin Laden jealous, some pundits claimed.
With the release of photographs showing an old grey bearded Bin Laden huddled in a threadbare blanket watching a tiny black and white television, those pundits must feel some satisfaction.
Others speculated he was jealous of our freedoms. This one puzzled us. If millionaire Saudis have anything, it’s the freedom to do whatever they wish – that spells freedom in our book. On the downside, his religion encouraged him to marry three wives but we won’t go there.
And speaking of religion, other pundits felt his rage was caused by our religious heresy. But the truth is that more Mosques open in the USA yearly than Baptist churches – Islam and its followers have a firm foothold in Middle America and may soon replace evangelicals as the new religion of intolerance.
Another line of reasoning claimed Osama saw America as an evil empire intent on opening McDonalds and Colonel Sanders throughout the world, destroying the revered traditions of ancient cultures But we’ve opened thousands of hamburger and chicken joints throughout China without a single complaint so that one won’t hold water either.
Personally, we believed Osama was simply stark raving mad with too much time on his hands – idle hands are the devil’s workshop. But one man’s insanity is seldom a good enough reason to go to war so other excuses had to be invented.
But whether it was over color television, religion, insanity or Ronald McDonald, Osama waged war against the US of A and won!
We know what you’re thinking. Blue crabs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea are chewing on the old man’s toes this very minute so how did he win?
He was responsible for our country losing its way after 911. We enthusiastically passed new laws removing what freedoms remained in the name of national security while we bled the nation in senseless wars. We now not only tolerate torture, we encourage and defend it.
Just maybe that’s what Osama wanted all along – to destroy what made America the world’s beacon for liberty.