Monday, May 2, 2011

The G-Men Get Their Man

If you think of Bin Laden as the modern John Dillinger, the whole thing makes more sense.  Bin Laden wasn't a terrorist or a military man.  He was a criminal.

He sowed the wind, and reaped the whirlwind.  And the whirlwind came down in the form of a chopper full of Navy SEALS.

Like John Dillinger, the outlaw Bin Laden had some fans.  There are always those who will romanticize the lives of criminals.  It makes a good story unless you happen to know the victims personally.

Like Dillinger, Bin Laden didn't do most of his own killing.  He had others pull the trigger.  In Dillinger's case the victims ran into a dozen or more: law men, bank tellers, innocent civilians. He didn't really care who died, as long as he got what he wanted.

In the modern world, Bin Laden had his minions kill thousands, not dozens.  But the crimes were pretty much the same.  Innocent lives he just felt like taking in his desire for fame or some cause he invented while he lived in luxury.

It was a woman who ratted on Dillinger.  We don't know who ratted on Bin Laden--but there's likely a rat lurking in this story too.

Not much honor among thieves.

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