On Bin Laden

So maybe this was inevitable. I don’t have much to say about the death of bin Laden, strangely enough. It has happened and there was celebration and I just felt sick about the whole thing. How can we hate people who are so, so like us? The United States is full of people who would burn Al Qaeda flags if they had them. But that’s how it goes.

What I think is most interesting is how the narratives of video games parallel the reality of the military operation. Just trust me here.Watch this video; it won’t take long.

As you can see, the Fidel Castro in the clip pulls a woman in front of him as a kind of human shield. A character comments on that after the fact, saying something to the effect that Castro was cowardly for doing it. It’s a narrative; it’s cowardly, so it’s bullshit to these heart-of-hearts man’s men.

Cut to bin Laden being shot through the eye by American special forces. From a Mother Jones article we have this wonderful quote.

Senior administration officials said Bin Laden “resisted” but would not say if he used any weapon in doing so. According to ABC, “Bin Laden himself fired his weapon during the fight” and “was asked to surrender but did not.” White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told journalists Monday, “There was a female who was in fact in the line of fire…to shield bin Laden from the gunfire,” adding that it spoke to “the nature of the individual.” But on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney changed the story, saying that though bin Laden put up a fight, he was unarmed.

I’m left wondering who is copying who.

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1 Response to On Bin Laden

  1. Stephen Kearse says:

    That’s a serious parallel.

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