OSAMA BIN LADEN- to some you were a hero.
The war of the weak against the strong is an old one. The strong can afford traditions of warfare which prize decisive combat between military forces. They are genuinely shocked and horrified when their opponents find ways to shoot them in the back or massacre their loved ones. Yet the strong somehow do not see the great suffering they inflict, whether through violence or the kinds of mass slow death that capitalism specialises in for those enmeshed in its lower rungs.
As Victor Davis Hanson comments, "we in the West call the few casualties we suffer from terrorism and surprise 'cowardly', the frightful losses we inflict through open and direct assault 'fair'."
The nation-state can serve as a kind of large concentration camp, walling off from one another peoples with shared interests in resisting the West. Revolutionary leaders in places like Egypt, Cuba and Vietnam took state power amid a hostile world. They could be subject to sanctions, embargoes, and covert attack while they struggled with their own internecine conflicts, inflicted disastrous economic policies on their populations, and became corrupt.
Eventually they faced a choice between withering on the vine or re-entering the capitalist world order on unfavourable terms.
This was the stalemate between the local and the global that Bin Laden sought to bust open with his spectacular attacks on the US. With the greatest armed propaganda operation in world history he sought to generate a revolt that did not respect sovereign borders.
Westerners mocked Bin Laden's idea of the Caliphate as a seventh-century throwback. They did not appreciate what a creative response it was to the division of the world into nation-states, which could so easily be turned into clients of the West and partitioned off from one another. As an al-Qaeda website once noted with contempt, "A 'Karzai' regime exists officially in all the Muslim countries."
In essence, 9/11 was like a brilliant guerrilla raid that exhilarates young fighters and gives them the taste of a victory they can never achieve. Its immediate effect is to call forth legions of imperial storm troopers on missions of reprisal, missions that wreck the rebellion and inflict suffering on those it sought to liberate.
In the long arc of the decline of empires and great powers, the main consequence of 9/11 and the wars that followed is to hasten the decline of the US. Precious resources needed to regenerate the US have been spent on wars of reprisal as well as the fantastically corrupt arrangements for economic reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having allowed business to feed so well at the public trough for a decade, US politicians now deny their own people desperately needed funds for healthcare, education, and modernisation.
freedom democracy is only a mirage based upon centuries of social and economic evolutions and revolutions, democracy and freedom itself is nothing its not a system nor its a belief. it was created in 1689 to silence freedom of thought people began to possess some degrees of freedom of thoughts under the influence of Renaissance. even after the signing of the Bill of Rights the peasant's live did not improve thats beacause the majority at the time are poor and uneducated, thus they are manipulated by the democracy. The happy faces of europeans or other developed country is not caused by democracy and freedom they are the result of 500 years long econmic, social and industrial revolution. democracy is just a puddle of urine that western nations excreted after they had drunk the mineral rich water of develpment,and now most freedom lovers are forcing others to drink this puddle of urine _______________________________
Is poverty, coruption, and human right abuse a product of dictatorship or is it a product of a social and economic evolution and reforms during a certain stage of development(of which democratic countries has already been through)?
One can never have freedom which is simply granted by governments. The enslavement of your thoughts began when you believe the "freedom" your government granted you. As long as the poeple are happy it makes no difference between a dictatorship or democracy, Foundamentally they are the same, one seals your mouth, the other clouds your judgment, and giving false sense of having freedom because you are granted with "freedom".