“Vote for me cuz I set him free!” So said one President Barack “Leave No Microphone Behind” Hussein Obama in his rush to personally announce the alleged execution of the alleged-terrorist, the alleged-Osama Bin Laden. His code name: “Geronimo.” Kinda racist, no?!
I mean, Geronimo hid in a cave, too, but he was trying to kick the colonial whites’ azz – and out of HIS country. On second thought, maybe the parallel, unintended, makes sense.
I guess O can kiss the Native American vote goodbye in 2012.
Americans rejoiced at the news, gathering at iconic landmarks – the White House, the “Freedom Tower” – cheering the extra-judicial killings of who knows how many people.
Reports from several sources, years ago, indicated that Bin Laden had died of renal failure. That this information never made it into the mainstream makes one wonder: why the quick disposal of the body? Which Bin Laden was this? Where’s the evidence?
Of course, dead men tell no tales. Nor provide receipts, faxes, or phone records.
Speaking of evidence, what happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? And if Bin Laden was guilty of 9/11, who let it happen on purpose?! Who were his co-conspirators in the White House, in the FAA, Pentagon, because there is NO WAY it happened without help from deeply entrenched sources on the inside.
Here’s a sampling of other perspectives:
Farzana Versey “This business about death is not about Osama at all. It is about Barack Obama and his need to prove himself in times of recession and his own identity. His televised pronouncements and other statements clearly reveal that he is running an election: “Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world, the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation… they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date against al-Qaeda.”
No. One man’s death is not an achievement. He was a phantom figure, and the US has been fighting demons of straw. Is it even necessary to reiterate the historical genesis of al Qaeda and the making of bin Laden and CIA’s role in it? While the Saddam-Gaddafi prototypes, dictatorial within their shores, put up a fight against the US, Osama was beyond boundaries. He had no homeland and represented no nationality. He became as anti-Saudi as he was anti-American…”
Peter Martin and Alexander Lantier “Obama’s statement left critical questions unanswered and raised a host of new ones. First, Obama stated that “shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against Al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat his network.”In other words, Obama implied, without offering an explanation, that between 2001 and his inauguration in January 2009, the capture or killing of bin Laden had not been the major priority of the “war on terror.”
Second, the location of bin Laden’s killing is highly significant. Obama stated that US intelligence “had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.” Obama then identified the location more precisely as Abbottabad. He did not explain that this town is located approximately 40 miles from Rawalpindi, the center of the Pakistani military establishment and only a few miles further from Islamabad, the country’s capital. This is the equivalent of a fugitive hiding next to a police station…”
Reuters: U.S. team’s mission was to kill bin Laden, not capture
“(Reuters) – The U.S. special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a U.S. national security official told Reuters.
“This was a kill operation,” the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.”
Allan Nairn: “One Killer Killing Another…Every day, the U.S., directly with its own forces, or indirectly through its proxy forces, its clients, is killing, at a minimum, dozens of people. I mean, just since Obama came in, in the one limited area of drone strikes in Pakistan, something like 1,900 have been killed just under Obama. And that started decades before 9/11. We have to stop these people, these powerful people like Obama, like Bush, like those who run the Pentagon, and who think it’s OK to take civilian life. And it doesn’t seem that they can be stopped by normal, routine politics, because under the American system, as in most other systems, people don’t even know this is happening. People know the face of bin Laden. They know the evil deeds that he’s done. They see that he is dead, and they say, “Oh, great, we killed bin Laden.” But they don’t see the other 20, 30, 50, 100 people who the U.S. killed that day, many of them children, many of them civilians. If they did, they probably wouldn’t be out in the street cheering about those deaths.”
I’m happy to know I am not the only person with the same concerns you address.
MANJIT KUMAR YADAV said:
MOST WANTED OSAMBIN LADEN Americans have different reactions: shock, dismay, hurt.
That’s because the Navy SEALs used “Geronimo” as the codename for mission to capture or kill Bin Laden.
“It’s another attempt to label Native Americans as terrorists,” said Paula Antoine from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
“WTF, da gov’t code named osama bin laden “Geronimo”! wat kinda (expletive) is that?” is how Cody YoungBear LeClair of Marshalltown, Iowa, put it on his Facebook page.
On Facebook, on Twitter, on Native American websites, in local newspapers, and in what appear to be countless conservations on reservations and in schools across the country, Native Americans are genuinely hurt and puzzled by the choice of “Geronimo” as a code-name for either Bin Laden or the mission to take him out.
White House officials have insisted that the Geronimo was used as the name only for the mission, not bin Laden himself.
Navy SEALs confirmed the death of Bin Laden with the line: “Geronimo E-KIA.” CIA Director Leon Panetta seemed to indicate in an interview Wednesday that Geronimo was the name for bin Laden when he described the raid on bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.
“Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we – you know, we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information. But finally, Adm. McRaven came back and said that he had picked up the word “Geronimo,” which was the code word that represented that they got bin Laden,” Panetta told PBS.
That may be a distinction without a difference to Native American ears.
Here is one take from the website “Indian Country.”
Geronimo was, of course, the 19th Century Apache leader and warrior who defended his people’s homes and families, often from US forces operating in violation of treaty obligations. He was brave, fierce, elusive. He died a prisoner of the United States in 1909, 23 years after his capture.
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