Monday, May 2, 2011

Jacob and Esau

It’s hard for us in the west to understand the mid-east mindset but the story of Jacob and Esau sums it up perfectly.  In the west we assume honesty and trust in the absence of evidence to the contrary but that whole structure is turned upside down in the mid-east.  In the story Jacob uses trickery to extract the blessing that his father would normally have reserved for his elder brother.  That is normal behaviour for a large portion of the world’s population.

Nobody reading this will likely live long enough to read the true story of the death of Osama Bin Laden but rest assured that treachery was involved.  Does anybody really believe the fiction being floated by the White House?  They followed some random errand boy for 8 months?  Give me a break already. 

One of two things happened.  Either Bin Laden pissed somebody off and got turned in for that or the prospect of an American reward finally got to somebody in Pakistan.  Either way its good riddance to bad rubbish but the American jubilation seems a little declasse.  The real story should be that Obama’s flaccid international policy wasn’t able to persuade the Pakistani government to turn over America’s most wanted.  Let’s not pretend that they didn’t know he was living next door to their military academy.

And if anybody seriously thinks the world is safer today than it was yesterday then give me a call because I’ve got some ocean front real estate in Buchanan that you may be interested in.

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