Heard too much on Usama already?

The death of a batty, disabled old guy would pass unnoticed if highly trained government killers had not swooped into foreign territory to do it.  Maybe they should have sent me.  I could have chatted about blood disease on an empathetic basis before I shot him in a mercy killing.  It didn’t take us long here to forget our own shooting to kill events in Gibraltar and Northern Ireland.  Laughable term ‘shoot to kill’ – you’re in more trouble here if you discharge your firearm in an incident not involving it.

The term ‘justice is done’ has featured a lot.  So there was due process in this, was there?  Don’t get me wrong – young and able enough I’d do such duty.  I’d be the ‘Man Who Killed Liberty (add despots to taste) Vallance’.  I’d vote for hanging Bush, Blair and a few others.  I favour Usama dead than being kept alive at our cost rather than using the resources to help poor kids.  If our legal systems were any good, I’d be really concerned at the abuse of due process.  What really worries me is the whipped-up reaction in the West.  Frankly, I’m more worried that our Plod arrested blokes making a fair protest with a guillotine as street-theatre diversion from the boredom of the Royal Wedding.  One hopes the Arab Spring is real (the Prague one wasn’t).  We may need to move to die in the serenity of democracy!

To kill an old man

Bin Laden was on T-shirts across the developing world much as we once sported Che Guevara.  Probably killed by the same kind of people, if we can be bothered to think about it.  Che was a boyhood hero, but one grows up.  I have no time for Islam or other religions, though believe the spiritual has place in thought, sadly swamped by religious rot and gullibility exploitation.  In this space I have no room to rejoice at the death of a crippled old man by highly trained killers.  This does not prevent admiration of the skill and bravery of the men involved in the strike.  There is nothing to celebrate – or at least I thought this until I realised the alternative would have been more coverage of the ghastly Royal Wedding.

Bin Laden was never important, in much the same as Bill and Katie are not.  Questions as to whether this is a small part of raising the Middle East to a fever pitch and venue for a war to satisfy demands of super rich bankers, are the ones we should be asking, hopefully devoid of the old left and right squabbles that will doom the space from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Iranian Gulf, with Pakistan and Afghanistan left to a new version of the old Indian Empire.

Now, who’s up for a quick mission to get that old Nazi Ratsinger?