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.
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?
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.
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.