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May 2nd, 2011 at 03:29pm

I was very pleased today to hear the news that American special forces have killed Osama Bin Laden, the dreadful man behind the September 11 attacks, among other atrocities. US President Barack Obama made the announcement a couple hours ago.

My congratulations and thanks go out to Mr. Obama, the brave men and women who were responsible for making this happen, and former President George W. Bush who set the wheels in motion for this very important mission.

Not surprisingly, a large crowd gathered outside the White House to celebrate when the news broke.

Fox News put together a nearly six minute report on Bin Laden, his acts, and the effort to capture him. It’s well worth a look.

And former President George W. Bush made an important statement, which I would like to share with you.

This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

Hear hear!

Under the circumstances, I think this song is appropriate. Weird Al Yankovich’s KOMP Morning Show’s “Bin Laden Bomb Song”. Seeing as I didn’t get around to awarding a Musician Of The Week award yesterday, it can go to Weird Al Yankovich the crew from the then-KOMP Morning Show (see revision in comment #4 below).

Samuel

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  • 1. ghostie  |  May 2nd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Although I agree this is an important event aren’t you a bit concerned that it cost us so much in terms of deaths, loss of freedom and money to achieve over a 10 year period? And when we find him it’s in a country we didn’t go to war with (Pakistan) – admittedly he probably moved from Afghanistan to Pakistan as a result of operations in Afghanistan.

    Two other points:

    1/ Why is this filed under ‘Global Warming’?
    2/ I always thought the Weird Al Yankovic song is meant to be parody/satire – the number of bombs we have dropped to get a single individual (and failed to do so at the time it was released – 2006).

  • 2. Samuel  |  May 2nd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Not really, as I recognise that in times of war it is a sad necessity that lives will be lost. When this happens, it is the responsibility of those of us who are left to ensure that the loss of life is not in vain.

    Of course I’m concerned about the loss of lives among our military, but I also acknowledge that these brave people signed up for the role, willing to give their life to defend their country.

    In regards to this being posted under “global warming”. That was an error on my behalf. The box is right next to the “general news” box. I ticked the wrong one by mistake. This has now been fixed. Thanks for pointing it out…I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Thanks 🙂

    As for the song, I think that music is what you make of it. The musician has their view, but that is not always how it is interpreted by the listener. I view this song as a “go get the bastards and obliterate them” song.

  • 3. Samuel  |  May 2nd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Sorry, I missed your Pakistan question. Many of us have been suspicious of elements of the Pakistani government for some time. I think this suspicion is quite vindicated by the fact that, without Pakistani knowledge of the operation, it happened quickly and cleanly.

  • 4. Samuel  |  May 3rd, 2011 at 3:38 am

    It looks like something I’ve suspected for a while but never bothered to investigate, turns out to be true. The song is not a Weird Al Yankovic song at all. Ghostie, your comment about its release in 2006 made me curious about this again as I could be absolutely certain that I heard this song within weeks of the September 11 attacks, but I couldn’t investigate this while I was at work.

    The song was made shortly after the September 11 attacks by the crew of the KOMP Las Vegas morning show. It quickly made its way around the world and was played by many stations. I remember hearing Greg “Robbo” Robson play it on 2CA a few weeks after September 11.

    So thanks for the 2006 reference Ghostie. I’m not sure if you believe it is a 2006 song or if you were trying to get me to make comments about a fictitious statement by a musician, but either way, thanks, your comment revived my interest in checking the origin of the song.


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