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Today the U.S.'s numba one ter'rist probably got up, had breakfast, did a short walk-about in the cave, read the morning's newspaper, and later in the day might have tended a small garden. In between, quite naturally, he would be plotting the demise of the Western World as we know it.
And in the 'greatest nation' of the Western World, all 300 million people have altered the way we live, work, and even play; created a 'mega-agency' devoted (ostensibly) to hunting he and his cohorts to extinction; and invaded two countries killing hundreds of thousands of people. As a bonus of sorts he's successfully turned the nation's Righteous Right into depends-wearing, shit-they-pants, torture-them-till-they-die, paranoids.
Not a bad decade for a single act of terrorism. And I read somewhere he managed all of it on less than 500 grand, while we - the 'greatest nation' - have expended somewhere North of a trillion chasing his scrawny ass all over Central Asia. No wonder he has no problem franchising. A little pre-investment in, say, any part of the 'military industrial complex', and all the little 'Ladens are rich for life. Of course that huge piece of the poppy trade doesn't hurt.
Evil? Oh hell yes. In a morally relativistic, Wall Street kinda way.