Saturday, May 14, 2011
In 2008, Supersize Me creator Morgan Spurlock -- significantly lighter than when he completed the aforementioned work -- produced a documentary entitled Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
A deeply intertextual work, WITWIOSL references Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego, MC Hammer, and Predator, the film essentially poked fun at the US' inability to find Osama Bin Laden.
Well, it's been two weeks since the world got the news. They found him.
They caught, and compromised to a permanent end, Osama Bin Laden.
It's interesting to watch Spurlock stumble through his facetious documentary. Many of the things that seemed acceptable in 2008 would be considered taboo today. For example, Spurlock notes that Bin Laden mentor Ayman Zawahiri was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood sicne he was 14 years old.
If he made the film today, Spurlock would likely be sworn by his far-left brethren to insist that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate Muslim organization, despite the fact that they seem to have produced lunatics like Zawahiri on an ongoing basis.
Spurlock isn't wrong about everything in the film. He's certainly right to draw attention to the US' support of dictators such as Hosni Mubarek, noting that the United States has spent billions propping up such oppressive governments decades after teh Soviet Union ceased to exist. Interestingly enough, one would expect that Spurlock and Ron Paul would find a few things in common, if the very thought of it wouldn't likely disgust Spurlock.
The relationship of the United States with the Middle East will always be a complex one. The "blame America" ethos adopted by Morgan Spurlock and his contemporaries doesn't make it any easier to understand.
Just as Spurlock insists the War on Terror hasn't made anyone safer from terrorism, there's little reason to think the death of Bin Laden will make the US any safer from terrorism, particularly with the Taliban claiming responsibility for a "revenge" attack.
Even so, the killing of Osama Bin Laden seems like justice. Others may disagree, but they are wrong.