the enemy is dead; long live the enemy

So the news is scrolling in on my various news sources — Osama bin Laden, ostensibly America’s Most Wanted, has been shot and killed in Pakistan today. The President is to make a live announcement shortly.

So does this mean that we’ll stop being groped by the TSA?

In a word: no.

I hate being this cynical, but one of the first things I learned in watching politics is follow the money.

There is way too much money invested in the war on terrorism. Some have — very rightly I think — called this one the Endless War. Bin Ladin is dead; so what? A hundred others — real or imagined; it hardly matters — will rise, have risen, to take his place. Won’t even take three days.

I wish I could dismiss myself as being overly cynical, but when I look at the amount of money poured into this war, the profits to be made with the the erosion of our freedoms and privacy, the death of one man will change nothing.

It won’t change until enough of us stand up and say, Enough.

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