May 022011
 

Blade Runner is one of my favourite films ever.  It’s dark, atmospheric, filled with uncertainty and ambivalence.  It asks fundamental questions about existence, about the nature of sentience and about the right of intelligent beings to exist.

But more than all that, it’s a cracking great yarn.  The place it inhabits is hot, rainy, sweaty, oppressive, dirty and yet vaguely familiar, as if someone took one strand out of our life’s fabric and rewove it a little bit off-skew, but only a little.

In that world, there are replicants — synthetic humans created to do dangerous work on the off-world colonies.  They’re stronger, smarter and better than us.  We call them skin jobs.

Skin jobs are not allowed to stay on Earth, and if they do, they get “retired” by a .44 magnum bullet between the eyes.  The real danger is self-awareness.  Society can’t contemplate the idea that the intelligent beings it created might begin to demand rights.

I love that movie.  I love Harrison Ford’s demented portrayal of Deckard, the blade runner whose job it is to retire the skin jobs while remaining obsessed with the big question.  Was he himself also a skin job, and if so, what the hell was he doing killing his own kind?

I can’t help wondering if there was a Deckard among the team sent in to retire Osama bin Laden, who was only one among many skin jobs created by the CIA to carry out dangerous work on America’s off-world colonies before he turned rogue.  And I can’t help wondering if the same Deckard took out the other well-known skin job, Saddam Hussein, or Noriega, codenamed pineapple.  I wonder what blade runner has been detailed to whack Muammar Gadaffy, another CIA creation?

Who can tell?  It’s all insane.  It’s all theatre, and I wonder why we continue to swallow the nonsense put out by the media about the evilness of people like Bin Laden.

Does it matter?  Does it make any sense?

The motivation is obvious.  Obama was in danger of being a one-term president, which is always embarrassing, and on this weekend of all weekends, he couldn’t stand idly by while the British Royals took over the airwaves.

Get those sexy drunken Sloans off my television, Obama growled at his Chief of Staff, and by Jesus the armed forces came across. There ya go, Boss.  Dead evil mastermind!

Let me ask you a question.  When is it all right for people to dance in the streets when someone has been killed?

We all witnessed those evil Islamists firing guns in the air and dancing after the World Trade Centre atrocity and we were all horrified, even though it later turned out that the footage was of dubious origin.  Damn.  Nobody could really say who these dancing people were or where they were celebratring, but at least they looked foreign and unshaven, so that’s all right.

Today, we were treated to more pictures of people dancing in the streets after someone had been killed, but that was fine, because the dancers weren’t Arabs but white Christians.  It’s one thing for Arabs to celebrate violence.  That’s just not on, but we all know Jesus was a great believer in celebrating the violent deaths of his enemies.

Kill everyone was the message of Jesus.  Right?

President Obama said that the world is a better place because of the death of  bin Laden.  President Obama, as everyone knows, IS Jesus, in a suit, holding a basketball, so that’s all right, but what he didn’t say was more revealing.  He didn’t reveal, for instance, how they finally got the World’s Most Wanted Man, and that’s because he couldn’t.  The reality is that it could not have happened before now.  Call of Duty : Black Ops is only out since last year and it was going to take time before a sixteen-year-old emerged who was capable of whacking the Boss at the first shot.   Big gamble.

Sadly for the Pakistani authorities, they don’t seem to have noticed the fact that Bin Laden was building a huge castle right in the middle of the neighbourhood where all the retired generals live.  When you consider that the Pakistani military control everything in the country, including the manufacture of cornflakes, that does seem odd.  Perhaps a retired colonel might have mentioned something to a retired Major-General.

I say, old chap, who’s building that giant fortress in the middle of our peaceful neighbourhood?

Damned if I know, old boy.

Walls twenty feet thick, and no-one noticed?  I don’t believe it.  The ISI is one of the most efficient intelligence operations in the world. Nothing moves in Pakistan without their knowledge.  Few things outside Pakistan happen without the ISI opening a file.  This is a serious organisation of spooks, and I have no doubt whatever that they knew precisely what was going on in Abbottabad.  If they didn’t, they would have to be thoroughly incompetent, but whatever else they are, incompetence is one thing you can’t accuse them of.

Therefore, it would be very hard to conclude that Pakistan was not protecting Osama bin Laden, as if anyone was surprised.  The shock is that America waited this long, and from what we’re told, in the end the operation was carried out with the support of Pakistani military.  After all , how did three foreign helicopters fly from India, a hostile foreign nation, through Pakistan’s airspace, without being shot down by the extremely well-equipped and trained Pakistani airforce?  It defies credibility.

I think Osama bin Laden has done some very evil things, including organising the attacks on the World Trade Centre.  Therefore, I have no sympathy for him.  But those attacks were used by Bush and Cheney to justify the invasion of Iraq — a country that had nothing  to do with the 9-11 attacks.

Cheney was always going to make money through Halliburton, who got the contracts for everything that happened in Iraq, but so was Bush, whose Daddy was on the board of Carlton — the world’s biggest arms dealer.  Every cruise missile fired was another few million in Dubya’s pocket.  Sweet.

Today, I heard Tony Blair saying that people responsible for thousands of civilian deaths could expect retribution, and I wondered if he included himself in that statement, since he took a decision to kill thousands of civilians in a country that had never attacked him.

See, it’s all right to kill thousands of civilians in a country that never attacked you, provided you have the power of the western media behind you.  There’s no danger of an attack force led by Clint Eastwood storming Tony Blair’s house or George Bush’s ranch, even though they killed far more innocent civilians in Iraq than Bin Laden ever did in New York.

Why?

How the hell do I know?  I’m just looking forward to Deckard retiring the leader of North Korea, another American skin-job, but in the case of Osama bin Laden, I can’t see the operation happening without the support of the Pakistani government.  You don’t fly over a town inhabited almost exclusively  by retired senior army officers without prior approval.

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  47 Responses to “Osama Bin Laden. Retiring a Skin Job.”

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  1.  

    ~Do you believe Osama Bin Laden organised the attacks on the World Trade Centre?

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    Oh, go away and give me a break. It’s irrelevant.

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    If as you say the Pakistani military knew where OBL was for the last ten years then surely so did the yanks but they couldn’t retire him on Pakistan soil without Pakistani invilvement / blessing. So OBL was used as a pawn by Pakistan who kept him alive until the yanks upped their compensation to make OBLs retirement attractive. Have I grasped it or am I too cynical?

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    I’d say you have it about right. The only question is who received compensation for the whacking and how much.

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    A cracking good post about the sweepstakes has been nullified by a conspiracyfest ! That’s blogging fer ya !

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    What’s a conspiracyfest?

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    Well I can agree with most of the above but were not the Americans morally obliged to track down the leader of the group that took responsibility for the 9/11 attacks? If in this country the forces of order had the balls to go out and search for terrorists in our midst would they go with a bull horn and scream or go in and get the guys with the element of surprise risking killing in the process?. The Americans were never good at getting out in front of a situation as there is more money to be made in cleaning up and rebuilding the mess so this isn’t really a surprise. Is the issue that they were on foreign soil and they tried to take him away?
    The truth is Bin Laden is more trouble to the Americans alive than dead so it was a foregone conclusion really that he would die.
    Is it right to take another mans life regardless of their actions? That question I will leave for others!

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    Rob – I don’t attribute any right or wrong to what was done. It’s just my view on it all.

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    I love the corn-flakes control!

    Anyhow, the Blade Runner analogy is interesting (it’s probably my No 1 fav movie all times). For another dystopian take on things, consider the essence of Orwell’s 1984. We need “the war”, we need “the enemy”, to justify the oppression of our own people.

    Apart from that, for feck sake, we’re one crazy little meaningless planet in the outskirts of a fart of a galaxy. On this little speck of nothingness, a people are trying to exterminate their own kind and take the whole place with them into cosmic oblivion.

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    No I figured that out alright I was just asking the question outloud really. One man’s terrorist and all that.!

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    i agree with you on the point of having the power of the western media. slightly off topic, the USA support for the freedom fighters in Libya, would the UK have welcomed similar support for the IRA in the early 70s? i only ask as both situations are sort of similar. what is even more difficult to understand, is why the reasons for actions in Libya, do not apply to Syria or Bahrain.

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    You don’t fly over a town inhabited almost exclusively by retired senior army officers without prior approval.

    You mean Washington, DC, right?

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    Well that’s the Midwest bollixed, no more reason for troop flights through Shannon, might as well close the place down now, although, what the useless bollixes who “work” there are going to do now, is anyones guess, and as for Ed Horgan what’s he going to do to fill his time, suppose he will have to take up gardening or golf or something.
    Have them Yanks any consideration for anyone?.

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    Blade Runner fans might want to seek this version out.
    http://fanedit.org/486/

    A good report on it all. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54093.html

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    I heard an ex CIA operative speculating a few years ago that Bin Laden had already been taken out without any fuss, which would have made sense at the time. The way his current death is being reported (so far) would indicate that this might well just be the case.

    If they have the photographs in storage they could be wheeled out anytime and dusted off. The only thing which doesn’t make sense is how they stopped GW Bush using them at some point in his crises. The question would also be did he know about them, or for that matter do the current administration ?

    The burial at sea a Muslim tradition ? Dropped from a helicopter ? What if he gets washed up on a beach somewhere ? Instant martyrdom, and notoriety for whichever resort has the fortune / mis fortune to find him.

    I too am a fan of Blade Runner and it’s many questions and PKD, don’t you think It’s remarkable how the movie takes a couple of kernels of ideas from the book and makes into something completely more interesting altogether. I also loved the documentary where Tony Scott hints at Harrison Ford almost definitely being a skin job along with the clues scattered throughout the movie, hugely underrated at the time and since.

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    “When is it all right for people to dance in the streets when someone has been killed?”

    Bin Laden was guilty of funding the murder of innocent civilians. The people (alleged) to be dancing in the streets after were 9/11 were celebrating the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians.

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    Kate — I believe he may actually have been poured rather than dropped.

    Ruben — The point of the question is celebrating death. After all, GW Bush and Tony Blair are also responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. How will we react if we see people dancing in the street when they die?

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    Cui bono?

  19.  

    Omnes.

    Nobody wanted him brought to trial.

  20.  

    “All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances;

    The War on Terror is a soap opera and bin Laden, one of the main actors, had eventually to be written out of the script, since he no longer participated in any of the episodes and his occasional appearances by audio or video tape lacked the credibility of the real actor in the flesh.
    In my opinion Osama couldn’t have been responsible for 9/11, he might have been capable of highjacking some planes, but i don’t think he could have brought the two towers and wtc7 straight down at freefall speed, nor could he have gotten a plane to crash into the pentagon without leaving plane wings,engines or seats scattered around.Nor could he have gotten NORAD to step down, and they’re not half of the irregularities of that day.The offical story is a big stinking pile of shit.
    Now Osama has sunk to the bottom of the sea, the good guys have finally regained the upper hand again in this cops and robbers show.Roll Credits…

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    Bock –

    Kim Jong-Il is an American skin-job? Explain. Is it just that every world leader, everywhere, serves at the discretion of the omnipotent CIA?

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    Etiamsi omnes, ego non. Just felt like saying that.

    I agree Bock – I don’t get anyone celebrating anyone’s death myself.
    It makes me feel a little sad for the human race.
    I suppose it’s the idiots, imbeciles, lunatics and sandwiches short of a picnic factor.

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    Wyatt Earp and posse have sure gunned him down, Michal Corleone style. However, I notice that whilst most Americans are glad that he’s sleeping with the fishes, and virgins, that they’re more concerned with the fact that gas is approaching five dollars a gallon. Er, Kenya-born Obama would do well to take note of his predecessor Bill Clinton – it’s the economy stupid. Meanwhile, what would be Susan ” a safe pair of ovaries” McKay’s take be on getting to roger 70 virgins, all hand picked from the National Misandry Council, as a consolation prize for killings us filthy infidels – and what if David Norris was to start coming across all radicalised in the Tora Bora and die as a suicide bomber? Has the Koran made provisions for shirt lifting
    martyrs?

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    Seconds I think there’s a bit of double entry going on there.
    5 dollars a gallon. ha! My heart bleeds. It’s quadruple the price here.
    I was over in the U.S one time not too long ago and was insisting on giving my friend some money for petrol – or gaaas as they call it. I gave $40 and said put it all in so we don’t have to stop again soon.
    He left $20 in a cup holder and I was giving out about it… $20 filled the bloody thing.
    My crock of shite – €65 to fill her up.

    I don’t think Susan McKay gives a crap about the virgins. But it’s not a very liberating concept for women now is it. Sorry Bock, he brought it up.

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    Pakistan did not know? Bin laden built a fortress in the middle of Pakistan’s version of West Point or Sand Hurst and they did not know? O look a flock of pigs flying overhead.

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    LOL on that one, Gary!

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    Bayoris — You’re happy enough with the ghost of a dead Pope inhabiting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body, but not with Kim Jong-Il being an American agent.

    Hmmm. Let me think about that for a minute.

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    The CIA have just confirmed that the bauld Osama actually committed suicide by putting his head ( left side of face ) in the way of 2 ( two ) bullets that were meant to only wound him. In actual fact they were aiming for his balls! Course here i am assuming it was not his eyeballs.

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    It wouldn’t have been shoot 2 wound if the bull’s eyes were real eyes. And 2 bullets for 2 lower balls – would that have been from 2 seals, 1 ball each, or 1 real fast shooter? Either way, that would have been some wound – ouch!

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    Did anyone notice the O’Malley’s CD strewn on the ground in the video footage after bin Laden’s place was quite literally sealed off? Was he moonlighting with Limerick’s finest all these years – too long in the wastelands, bullet holes in the mailbox etc, etc? Did bin Laden sleep with his beard inside our outside the covers is another question which will have to be confronted.

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    Nearly right.

    I have it on good authority (the Sovereign Independent) that Osama was a lizard alien and that what was poured into the sea (as you so tastefully put it, Bock) was nothing more than the outer skin job. The inner reptile escaped into the sewers of Abbottabad to be re-united with his fellow Bilderbergers and is hiding out in one of the Rothschilds’ many Schlosser, close to Strokestown.

    I saw him there only yesterday when I dropped by to repolarise the dilithium crystals in the death ray machine.

  32.  

    Well, there ya go. There’s no outsmarting those Goua’ould.

  33.  

    A lot of posts here. I’m bored.

  34.  

    You can play with my rattle if you like.

  35.  

    Sorry ’bout that. We’re just havin’ some thoughtful fun, as usual. What do you suggest we do about your boredom? Maybe you could try a different thread?

  36.  

    Consider this:

    The only difference between Obama and Osama is BS.

    (B did give a great, poker-faced White House speech about S’s fate, though).

    How’s that, Red?

  37.  

    Maybe i am feeding into a conspiracy thing here but! What if/about they really have him alive somewhere and the body they don`t want to show is just a minor flunky? hmmm

    I mean all things being equal they have imprisioned a half bilnd farmer of 80and a 13 year old child in gitmo as raving terrorists, why not Osama somewhere like that for him also?

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    Could be – but then they would have to keep him there until the end, because if it gets found out that they lied about killing him, it would hurt their credibility. BTW, they got a treasure trove of printed and e-data at his estate there.

    And stop feeding conspiracy things – don’t you see the sign on their cage? ; )

  39.  

    S1LU: Utter this LOL or ROFL shite once more and I will set my roosters on ya.

  40.  

    No Jack – please – anything but THAT!

    But if you do change your mind, check this out:

    Internet Acronyms Dictionary

    http://www.gaarde.org/acronyms/?lookup=A-Z

  41.  

    The New Yorker has a good article on the killing of Bin Laden
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/08/110808fa_fact_schmidle?currentPage=all

  42.  

    Well, well, well. It looks like your title has a more deeper meaning today. The 31 special forces (seals ) involved in doing the retiring of Osama have themselves been retired. Their helicopter has been shot down in Afghanistan all dead. While the information is still sketchy, it seems that it is the same unit that did the skin job.

    Wonders will never cease, were they retired also by their employers or just unlucky to all be in the same place at the same time?

  43.  

    That unit has 300 members. How do you know these were the same people as those who carried out the raid on bin Laden?

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    yes as far as is known they are only from the same unit.Still a bloody nice shot from the guy with the RPG amazing how such a cheap low tech weapon can still deliver such a devastating blow to a high tech army.

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    I know nothing Bock, just what I am picking up from various news services. They are all part of the same unit that retired Osama, may not be the actual ones tho, but could be all the same. Time will reveal all I suppose. I did say that the information is still sketchy.

    Course it would not be beyond the conspiracies that abound that the group who got Osama this year were disposed of because it was all an elaborate hoax in the first place. Considering that Osama himself is supposed to have been killed in 2001. Just repeating what i have read Bock. Not neccessarly saying i believe.

  46.  

    I saw Osama in an M&M video recently.
    You’re right Islandbank. I think he’s still alive too.

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