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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 31, 2012 6:30 AM

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In the end, violence begets only violence

The U.S. has offered no evidence whatsoever to show that Osama bin Laden made even the slightest movement to resist the Navy Seal attack. No matter what one thinks of the Qaeda leader, this was a cold-blooded American plot sanctioned by President Obama to assassination bin Laden and secretly remove and bury his body.

This is not justice or democracy in action but the stuff made from movies.

In the classic film Apocalypse Now, the character Willard, played by Martin Sheen, is also given a military mission to “proceed up the Nung river in a Navy patrol boat. Pick up Colonel Kurtz’s path at Nu Mung Ba, follow it, learn what you can along the way. When you find colonel, infiltrate his team by whatever means available and terminate the colonel’s command … Terminate with extreme prejudice.”

While the U.S. government plays in “real time” with the facts of “operation bin Laden,” the movie picks up on the real moral: Kurtz says to Willard “and they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin? They lie. They lie, and we have to be merciful. Those nabobs.” In the end, violence begets only violence.

Paul Kokoski


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