Monday, May 2, 2011
RIP Osama Bin Laden
The media is flooded with the details of 57 years of OBL which is an interesting journey of a teenager who had money to burn, time to spare and a young brain to be influenced by extremist teachings. A youth who initially cooperated with the Western forces against the Soviets and then, with the same or rather more vengeance fought against all that they held dear to their heart. A man who is held responsible for thousands who died first in the terrorist attacks and then in the "War against terror".
So, we have seen in a period of nine and a half years the world transform. It has gone from world dominated by supremacy of U.S. economy, trading in U.S. currency and fighting its wars with U.S. weapons to a world that faced recession due to U.S. economy and trades in many other currencies and still fights its wars with U.S. weapons. Today, growth is in Asian markets and unemployment is commonplace in the western economies. The FILTH days (failed in London try Hongkong) have given way to FISHTAIL days (Failed in Shanghai trying again in London). Not only the Call centres but major production centres have moved to East.
But why talk of economy at the time of death of a big name that personified terrorism in the world? Only the naive and the idealist think of terrorism as something driven solely by ideology. The more pragmatic know that local power brokering, oil and weapon industry and drug trafficking are the main drivers of all so-called terror outfits. So Osama is gone, but all the factors that created him still survive - rather are stronger than before as the Middle East totters between fanatic dictators, weak monarchs and anarchy, corruption eats away the vitality of the masses of the new economic powers of the Asian and South Asian region.
These are the moments when we can make of break our destiny. This is the time for calling quits on the confronting brand of world politics and trying to bring around consensus to slowly bring the heat down between the different factions that the world finds itself in today's situation.
Finally, RIP Osama, hope that we don't have to see another life like his.