– by Charlie McCarthy
The “killing” of Osama bin Laden is just the latest chapter in a long- running serial titled Osama bin Laden and 9/11. Like Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, since Osama bin Laden and 9/11 hit the TV screen a decade ago it has generated episode after episode, sequel after sequel. But now, finally, like Captain Kirk—after at least nine lives and fifty ever-more-preposterous escapes—Osama had to be killed and sent to wherever it is that literary characters go once their usefulness expires. But just as Star Trek was morphed into mythic dimensions after the last scene played out, so now after the curtain has come down on the Osama bin Laden and 9/11 tale, it too is being shape-shifted from momentary politically useful fiction (i.e., a lie) to perpetually useful political myth, with all the paraphernalia that accompanies such a transition in contemporary times. A big-budget movie is said to be already in the works. Its tentative title? The Seals Seal the Deal. Clooney is suppose to have the lead, with a direct descendant of Rin-Tin-Tin playing “War Dog,” the heroic canine choppered in with the Seals to take down Osama.
But a myth is not a myth if you know it is a myth. So, if there is no factual evidence to support the idea that a particular myth is actually rooted in reality, everything possible must be done to quash any and every suggestion that the myth is just a yarn made up by particular human beings for their particular purposes. Consequently, since 9/11 no major media outlet in the US has permitted any other narrative about 9/11 to be broadcast except the story of Osama bin Laden and 9/11, even though there is a veritable Niagara of scientific evidence and documentary evidence that demonstrates that story to have about the same reality quotient as Superman II.
And, as in all myths, the closing scene has to be strictly in concert with the opening scene. So, now, no other storyline of the death of Osama bin Laden is permitted to appear on the national media’s broadcast systems except that which is fully, 100 percent in cognitive and emotional accordance with the opening chapter, and all the subsequent chapters, of the official Osama bin Laden and 9/11 story. Scientific evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, Osama bin Laden destroyed three buildings with two planes with freefall-footprint demolition precision. Case closed. Even the evidence available before, at, and after 9/11, that bin Laden had been on life-supporting dialysis three times a week for kidney disease long before 9/11 and that he had been diagnosed with incurable Marfan Syndrome before 9/11—two conditions which require exceptional medical expertise and significant technology if even a short-term extension of life is to be gained—is bracketed out of perception and discussion. It can no more get a nanosecond of coverage on the six major media corporations that provide and control 85% of what Americans hear or read than can those thousands of scientists and engineers who are able to demonstrate that according to the laws of nature (to say nothing of straightforward human observation), the three World Trade Center mega-buildings could not have been destroyed the way the government and media relentlessly claim they were in their Osama bin Laden and 9/11 narrative blitzkrieg of the American psyche.
And so, we have 100 percent of the so-called major media news reporters, news commentators, and news analysts playing the same role that so-called sports announcers, commentators, and analysts play when, with great energy and the appearance of thoughtfulness, they announce, comment on, and analyze a professional wrestling match as if it were a real adversarial fight—when in fact all professional wrestling matches on mass media in the US are planned and choreographed theatre with a storyline, orchestration, and predetermined ending. The non-stop serious commentary and analysis is actually part of the created theatrical fantasy, for, without it, the spectacle of a 380-pound man calling himself “The Gorgeous One” and a 420-pound man calling himself “The Mad Dog Avenger” hitting each other continuously for a half hour without drawing a drop of blood would be “rolling in the aisles” ludicrous! The announcers, commentators, and analysts discuss with simulated gravitas, expertise, and in exhausting detail all aspects and possible interpretations of the wrestling match and of the “fighters”: their physiques, their lives, their techniques for winning, their won-lost wrestling histories. All aspects and interpretations, that is, except one. These “epic battles” between giants, which are being given such extensive, serious, and detailed examination, are as phony, bogus, make-believe, and pretend as the notion that Albania was a nuclear threat to the US depicted in the film Wag the Dog.
So what are the human and societal consequences of perpetrating a myth that is a lie? First, it is dangerous to ignore a violence-justifying, emotion-laden myth. The myth, once accepted cognitively and emotionally, generates its own theology and/or philosophy of right and wrong. Ancient religious texts—even if they, by any normal reading, communicate the opposite of the myth— are twisted to fit into it. The religious pseudo-legitimacy thus generated bestows on the myth even further power to alter consciousness and motivate people to act in a particular direction. “Native Americans are savages,” “blacks are sub-human,” Manifest Destiny, Eretz Israel, lebensraum- these are all myths, without any basis in fact, myths that have resulted in the self-righteous murder and maiming of hundreds of millions of human beings. None of these preposterous myths arose accidentally out of nothingness. They were all concocted by people and planted in the consciousness and consciences of individuals and communities before they ever erupted into anticipated and unanticipated mass murder and, worse yet, mass murder justified as right, as doing the will of God.
The myth of Osama bin Laden and 9/11 is now in full-throttle mode. Soon we can expect a song entitled “The Tale of a War Dog” by Willie Nelson to top the music charts. The saga of Osama bin Laden and 9/11is expanding and hourly being sown ever more deeply in the minds and souls of people, especially young people, via technology never before available to the economic, political, and military elites for such mind-manipulating projects. Here are examples from today alone:
- New video game lets you kill Osama bin Laden
- Kill Osama Yourself video game.
- “Kuma War” is a free online war game that models its missions on real-world war events that are reported in the media. New missions have been released every month since 2004 and the kill Osama bin Laden mission will be the last episode in the 107 part series, according to the corporation that produced and freely distributed this long running, hands-on, interactive video “game” series. Kuma Games in announcing that episode #107 would be the last, said “it provides a neat end to the storyline.”
P.S. The ever-mutating Christian Just War Theory is part of the problem in a world where contrived, emotionally charged, violent, self-righteous myths are culturally and politically hardwired into consciousness and conscience. The moral chameleonism called CJWT has a universal historical record of fitting in perfectly with any of them—or not fitting in—depending which side of the human carnage operation one is on.
There is absolutely no way out of this murderous moral sinkhole except through the unequivocal, unambiguous, and unmodified proclamation by the Christian Churches, Church leaders, and Church communicants of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels as the Nonviolent Messiah of Israel, the Nonviolent Lord, the Nonviolent God, and the Nonviolent Savior of the world, along with the proclamation of the power and wisdom and truth of His Way of Nonviolent Love (Agape) of friends and enemies as God’s Way of being and God’s Way of conquering evil. There is one Way and only one Way for all humanity to exit this viper’s tangle. It is not the way of Bush, Obama, Cheney, Emanuel, Hillary, Condi, Rush, Chris, etc. It is the Way of Jesus. You can give your brief life to make it happen, but you cannot take another’s life to make it happen—therein lies the essence of both the problem and the solution. Believe it or not. The time allotted to you to choose is passing. Believe it or not.