At one point in the movie Munich, after the Israeli hit team has scored their first assassination, an Israeli diplomat is assassinated. One of the Israeli hit team says to his colleague, "now we are having a conversation" In reality can we say there has been any improvement from Munich in 1972 to 9/11, 28 years later? The festering motive has not been addressed, it has been willfully ignored to the time I write this. The bin Laden hit does not stand by itself. In the frenzy to get him, how many tens of thousands are dead in Afghanistan and Iraq? (he was brazenly used by the U.S. to get into Iraq) The sad truth is the guy has long been irrelevant but those who see 9/11 standing all by itself outside of history as The Ultimate Crime are jubilant because they only see that one tragedy closed, not thinking of the damage the U.S. has done chasing bin Laden's shadow. He got the blind, maniacal, massive reaction he hoped for. If my family is killed and I destroy entire towns to get the criminal what am I to think of myself even if I get him in the end? But this will not even occur to most Americans, let alone cause any lost sleep. Even if bin Laden alone died after 9/11, just as removing a leaf does not kill a plant, killing a man or men does not kill what motivates them. What we need are politicians with vision that see what needs to be done to achieve the real security that only serious negotiations (where real concessions are made) can bring. I don't mean you, Bibi. A successful targeted kill is like a drug for nations...it brings a momentary high and then reality returns. Hit men are easy to come by, from the single sniper to the massed army. Courageous politicians are rare.
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