Obama Hunting Osama: A Story of Terrorists

Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES — Thanks to movie pirating, the mockumentary Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, which premiered at the end of 2012, has already hit the streets of Havana. “What a great movie,” the buddy who lent it to me said. “They’ll never be able to show it in theaters or the TV here.”

In the film, a team of experienced Navy Seals is put together to carry out a secret, top-priority mission and submitted to rigorous training. We are introduced to each of the individual members of the force tasked with capturing the world’s most notorious terrorist.

We’re talking about tough, hardened, fearsome dudes who are trained to kill, but who are also likeable, friendly, faithful family people who fight for freedom, justice and the highest human values.

The marines have a face, a family, a private life, personal conflicts and stories that make it easy for the spectator to identify with them. The “bad guys”, on the other hand, remain anonymous beings.

Thanks to a Guantanamo Base prisoner who spills the beans, U.S. intelligence services determine the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.

The detainee discloses this information not because he is tortured. Some clever psychological manipulation and the fear of being transferred to a Saudi prison (compared to which Guantanamo is a 5-star resort), suffice to break his obstinate silence.

Osama bin Laden

One cannot help but feel that the film is posing a sinister question with this scene: why would we want to shut down this prison and do away with interrogation procedures that have helped capture the devil himself?

The Plot

As it happens, the world’s most horrific terrorist didn’t have bodyguards, and no one was guarding him the night the Navy Seals burst into the fortified mansion where he had allegedly been hiding. This didn’t stop the artists of the Weinstein Company from putting together a spectacular combat scene, turning what was in fact a cakewalk (three armed guards, at the most, against twenty-five Seals) into a thrilling shootout.

Few people actually know what happened in Osama Bin Laden’s alleged hideout in the early morning of May 2, 2011, because the U.S. government never produced his body or published any photos of it. To top things off, the soldiers who were part of the “heroic” team have been prone to dying in mysterious accidents. Anyone with two working neurons knows that this story is a fake.

What’s more, the U.S. government acted unilaterally, as the master of the world it pretends to be, and like the terrorist it is in fact. The U.N. has repeatedly asked for the facts surrounding Bin Laden’s capture to be clarified, and, in reply, has obtained only silence.

Barack Obama

In connection with the murder of the Saudi terrorist, Barack Obama – Nobel Peace Prize laureate, charismatic, social, intelligent, Democrat Obama – the man who stood for change, has, however, said simply: “Justice has been done”, and “whoever questions that Bin Laden got what he deserved needs to have his head examined.”

Ultimately, however, it’s not a question of what Obama thinks but what the Empire does. It’s a question of the sinister actions it has undertaken at the beginning of this 21st century, of the generalized human stupidity encouraged by the media, of the society of the spectacle and alienation, of the end of Western civilization as the champion of enlightened and noble human values. It’s a question of you, me and the dark night ahead.

Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.


12 thoughts on “Obama Hunting Osama: A Story of Terrorists

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:55 am
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    Sorry, that’s another blog for another day.

  • July 5, 2013 at 5:02 am
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    In actual fact they were not even trying to make Bush look goofy.

    These two Palestinians politicians were actually praising him for his leaning towards a 2 state solution. In the course of this praise they said that Bush told them he asked God for guidance prior to making decisions. Including the decision to invade Iraq.

    I take it that as well as being pro USA’s absurd policies towards Cuba you are now also combining this with implying that Palestinians have no right to defend their lands in the face of Israeli lebensraum.

  • July 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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    Did not see the made for TV movie so can’t comment on its contents. Have seen the Zero Dark Thirty movie on the raid. Thought the movie was well done. But important to remember it’s a fictionalized account of an actual historical event.

    No reason to fall prey for conspiracy theories (e.g. that the raid was fake). There is no body because bin Laden was buried at sea shortly thereafter. Even Al Qaeda has acknowledged the death of bin Laden in the raid. Photos of the body were taken and have been shown to members of Congress, among others. There is no justification or necessity to release the photos publicly. Doing so would rightly result in accusations that Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for political gain.

  • July 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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    You state that Bush didn’t say what he is reported to have said.

    Therefore you are implying that the two Palestinian politicians who said that he did say this are liars.

    So why do you presume that these two gents are lying and that GWB was telling the truth ?
    On what do you base this presumption ??

    Of course Bush is going to deny it.
    His denials obviously convince many.
    They don’t convince me.
    But hey ho. I’m not about to lose sleep over it.
    The GWB regime is history (albeit a very black page in history).

    re Iraq figures: there are widely varying figures to be had.
    I wouldn’t want to state which are the nearest to the reality.

    re: ‘fanatical anti Americans’
    I can assure you that I am not a fanatic, nor am I anti USA.

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