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November 20, 2012

Goodbye, OBL

Filed under: Personal — piolenc @ 2:36 pm

Before the late Osama bin Laden fades into obscurity, I think it’s important that we recall his contributions to human knowlege and to human relations.

It was he, future generations will recall, who led us to enlightenment by confirming the truth of anthropogenic global warming and firmly pinning blame on the industrialized world. In one of his signature audio tapes broadcast on 29 January 2010, he declared:

“Discussing climate change is not an intellectual luxury, but a reality. All of the industrialised countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”

Oddly, he refrained from pointing out that the most industrialized countries are also those with the smallest Muslim populations, thus missing a chance to demonstrate a clear connection between religious apostasy and environmental iniquity. Now, tragically, that chance is lost forever.

This great moment in world history has never received the attention that it deserved. Imagine the effect on subsequent events if this central figure had not revealed this truth. Millions – perhaps hundreds of millions – of the benighted and bemused might have doubted that Man’s exhalations and flatulence will soon turn the planet into Waterworld. It could only be OBL’s courageous advocacy that has kept Global Warming foremost in our thoughts and helped us banish the doubts that might otherwise have arisen there after the East Anglia scandals.

And while we’re giving credit where it is due, we owe it to History to mention his contributions to structural engineering. About halfway through the construction of the World Trade Towers, the asbestos ban came into effect and the steel columns supporting the building ceased to be sheathed in asbestos. Thermal protection, authority predicted, was not needed, or at least was not worth the danger that asbestos fiber might get into the lungs of the building’s occupants. In one brilliant stroke, OBL proved them wrong by the ingenious expedient of running fuel-laden airliners into the buildings just above the asbestos limit. He also showed that there are worse things to worry about than mineral fibers.

And as long as we’re on the topic of 9/11, it is only fair to point out that this generous act, scurrilously mislabeled “terrorism” by ignorant apostates, actually brought about an intellectual and spiritual renewal in America, land of the Great Satan. Where would we be without the 9/11 Truth Movement which, by seeking to give credit for the destruction of the Towers to the CIA, the Bush family, space aliens or Men In Black – anyone but OBL – has shown (obliquely, to be sure) its deep reverence for the sagacious founder of al-Qaeda.

Some things should never be forgotten.

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