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    Nah, Go Ahead, Characterize It as a Victory

    By Kyle | May 2, 2011

    A beyond-shameless Daily Kos contributor on the rather fortunate demise of Osama Bin Laden:

    No matter how inevitable bin Laden’s death may have been, we should be careful not to characterize it as a victory. At minimum, his story serves to illuminate our own failure to create an equitable society…

    The same writer blames Bill Clinton (!) for being so rah-rah about capitalism that he helped birth Bin Ladenism:

    While bin Laden’s ideological justification for violence may have been anathema to our own understanding of world peace, it did not emerge in a vacuum. For elevating capitalism to monolithic proportions, Bill Clinton must shoulder some blame for both creating the fertile soil within which al-Qaeda thrived as well as for failing to grasp to full potential of bin Laden’s allure among the deprived and marginalized.

    I thought it would take a bit longer than this for the far left to get all droopy-eyed. It seems I was wrong: They have immediately noticed that someone who hated a lot of the same stuff they hated has departed this earth. The enemy of my enemy, etc.

    Rather, if we truly seek an end to this conflict, we must couple his death with our own redemption by acknowledging the harm inherent in capitalist totalitarianism and renouncing violence in all its forms. Without this, all we’ve managed to do is kill an elderly diabetic with a big mouth.

    See, “capitalist totalitarianism,” or the American market economy, is just another flavor of jihad. Or something. Feel free to pass along other examples of far-left wingnuttery.

    Topics: Bin Laden dead | 13 Comments »

    13 Responses to “Nah, Go Ahead, Characterize It as a Victory”

    1. yankeefan Says:
      May 2nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      A glorious day!

    2. K Says:
      May 2nd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    3. CenturionTerminator Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 2:03 am

      Congrats to Obama and Bush. And, of course, the Navy SEALs.

    4. K Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 2:47 am

      For elevating capitalism to monolithic proportions, Bill Clinton must shoulder some blame . .

      It’s really all about sex with these people, isn’t it?

    5. Obama bin Biden Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

    6. Robert P. Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Keith Olbermann wrote a blog post about bin Laden’s death, correctly stating that while it is a great victory, this does not end the war on terrorism.

      However, he then immediately Re-Tweeted some doofus who said “ummm, can we please stop bombing people now?” as if that’s what America does for kicks.

    7. Andy Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 9:49 am

      that writer, I mean d****e, would be one of the first to get his head cut off if bin Laden had his way (that is, unless he “submitted”)

    8. kishke Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Here’s Michael Crowley being an idiot:

    9. kishke Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Some Euroweenie crap on the subject:,1518,760358,00.html

    10. Liz Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Celebrity tweet are a treasure trove of idiotic comments, such as Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon (h/t Threedonia):

      “The death of #obl does not inspire me to celebrate, rather to mourn the many who’ve died in this pointless conflict of ideals.”

      Yep, those darn ideals went and hijacked four planes on 9/11 and murdered 3000+ people. Stupid ideals!

    11. yankeefan Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      I came across this comment on Facebook:

      “Bin Laden is a myth anyway. Controlling the myth is what matters. Kill it when convenient, revive it, re-animate it if needed. Has Obama justified killing OBL’s children and grand-children yet? Hysteria is the norm!”

      Also, some far-far left sites are lamenting that Obama and the Democrats will get an electoral boost from the operation.

    12. yankeefan Says:
      May 3rd, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Random sampling here — of comments from the far left lamenting that the left is being jingoistic (liberals, in this context, are assumed to be stooges for capitalist empire):

    13. kishke Says:
      May 5th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      You want liberal craziness? Here: