President Obama, according to a recent poll, i.e., one taken just after the successful execution of Osama Bin Laden, is stronger against terrorists than was George W Bush, at least according to a survey of international investors, from Bloomberg:
Outside the U.S., Obama is rated stronger than Bush on terrorism, 48 percent to 16 percent, in the Bloomberg Global Poll. Worldwide, Obama has a 40 percent to 29 percent edge in the quarterly poll taken May 9-10 of 1,263 Bloomberg customers who are investors, analysts and traders.
So, the international community favors Obama, and doesn’t like Bush. We needed a poll to tell us that?
Whatever may be Obama’s strengths in fighting terrorism (which is really a fight against an abstraction, as terrorism is a tactic, not a foe) it didn’t take long for his killing of Bin Laden to renew the fighting vigor of our real foe in Afghanistan and Eastern Pakistan, also from Bloomberg:
Twin bombings at a paramilitary police academy in northwest Pakistan killed 80 people in what the Pakistan Taliban said was in part revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden and a precursor to attacks against the U.S.
The militant attack, the deadliest this year in Pakistan, struck outside the training center of the Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar, a town 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the city of Peshawar. It follows a Pakistani army offensive to reverse growing Taliban control in the Mohmand Agency, an adjacent tribal district. Shabqadar is about 200 kilometers from the city of Abbottabad, where bin Laden was killed.
“Our leader Hakimullah Mehsud has said that today’s attack was a reaction to Osama’s martyrdom and operations by the Pakistan army in the tribal areas,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said by phone from an undisclosed location. He said the attack “was the first of many bombings” that would “first target Pakistan and then the U.S.”
It appears Obama got exactly what he wanted out of ordering the assassination of Bin Laden: A new or renewed threat of violence from those sympathetic with Bin Laden’s or Al Qaeda’s cause. This is just the prescription to avert American eyes from the continually dismal economy at home. It gives to the US government the common enemy it needs for justifying its continual expansion in power and influence, domestically and abroad. The foundational purpose of government is protection; without any real existential threat, the US government, to justify its existence, necessarily must seek, or manufacture, dangers from which it will protect its population. The killing of Bin Laden fits in the latter category.
Thus Obama reaps the whirlwind. But not really, not at least from the perspective of the US government and its fighting machinery. “Reaping the whirlwind” is a biblical phrase warning that Israel would reap nothing by their sowing of the wind through their worship of false idols (Hosea 8: 7, following). Indeed, the harvest of danger caused by Bin Laden’s killing from which the government justifies its continued stranglehold on power will be bountiful.
They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
Only the American people who continue to worship at the false gods of expansionism and exceptionalism are sowing the wind. It is they that will reap the whirlwind. Were their worship to yield grain, it is their government that would swallow it up.