FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Getting Up with Osama

I was in a deep sleep, not like the nation as a whole, but dreaming of a better day. Picking up the intrusive telephone receiver, the cobwebs cleared immediately, however. Osama’s tears were terrible. The only other time I had experienced him broken apart like that was in Waziristan –as U.S. forces bombed Tora Bora— lamenting the loss of a colleague who had perished during the USS Cole attack. (See

Apparently, he had just gotten over Robert Fisk’s characterization of him on The Amy Goodman Show, Monday, when someone had handed him a copy of Tom Englehardt’s Osama’s Surprise piece He had been disappointed by RF’s suggestion that he had become a bit too enamoured of himself with the wearing of gold robes and such of late, when an underling handed him TE’s “Osama bin Laden as Shock Jock” tirade.

He always comes to me. For that I’m thankful; sometimes I feel it makes a difference for us all.

You see, the notion that had he “been capable of orchestrating the bringing down of another American tower or its equivalent, he certainly would have done so” by now cut him to the quick. It was as silly as the speculation coming from The Dennis Miller Show and the remarks of Dee Dee What’s Her Name (former Clinton spokesperson) suggesting that he was merely trying to prove he was a player with the release of his latest video.

But it was the dangerous edge that disturbed him. He could take chiding from Thespian-Turned-Pundit Ron Silver, but the Silver Lining, as he put it, which envelopes America made him mourn.

He didn’t know what he had to do to destroy the denial deeper than the caves.

Where we have chosen to entomb ourselves, he cried, will lead the whole world awry.

Didn’t Tom Englehardt know, he asked, that all the joking at his expense was wasting valuable time? Compounding ignorance with ignorance is how he put it.

He talked about the ease with which he could bring more towers down, not boasting, but grieving over our not taking his warnings in the right light. Making him into a Wannabe Celebrity, scratching for the spotlight like Madonna on Kabala had made him a bit sick.
Truly so.

He mentioned in passing something about it not having to be towers or airplanes, how the “few riyals” that TE had joked about (with regard to the low cost of the video) was all it might take to take down NYC’s subway system.

It was at that point he said something about wanting me to convey his displeasure at Bush having associated himself with Giuliani, W, apparently, thinking the Yanks were a lock (after the Sox were Three Down), believing he was associating with a winner. He seemed to think all that was working against his preferred scenario for us all.

I can’t remember much else coming down. But I did take notes that, perhaps, I’ll share with you at a later date.

The one chilling note, however, that lingers was the line he was whistling as he put the receiver down; like young Jeff who always ends each “I Love Toy Trains” video with a song, Osama always does that too. It was a really distinct line from Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” But the exact words fail me.

Downer.

RICHARD OXMAN can be reached at rmoxman@yahoo.com

 

More articles by:

RICHARD OXMAN can be found these days reading Joe Bageant’s material in Los Gatos, California; contact can be made at dueleft@yahoo.com. The Ox’s never-before-revealed “biography” is available at http://news.modernwriters.org/Some of his recent writing can be found in his Arts & Entertainment section and Features (under Social) there.

Weekend Edition
August 17, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Daniel Wolff
The Aretha Dialogue
Nick Pemberton
Donald Trump and the Rise of Patriotism 
Joseph Natoli
First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion
Andrew Levine
Midterms 2018: What’s There to Hope For?
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Running Out of Fools
Ajamu Baraka
Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class
Paul Street
Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People
David Macaray
Trump and the Sex Tape
CJ Hopkins
Where Have All the Nazis Gone?
Daniel Falcone
The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk
Robert Hunziker
Hothouse Earth
Cesar Chelala
The Historic Responsibility of the Catholic Church
Ron Jacobs
The Barbarism of US Immigration Policy
Kenneth Surin
In Shanghai
William Camacaro - Frederick B. Mills
The Military Option Against Venezuela in the “Year of the Americas”
Nancy Kurshan
The Whole World Was Watching: Chicago ’68, Revisited
Robert Fantina
Yemeni and Palestinian Children
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
Orcas and Other-Than-Human Grief
Shoshana Fine – Thomas Lindemann
Migrants Deaths: European Democracies and the Right to Not Protect?
Paul Edwards
Totally Irrusianal
Thomas Knapp
Murphy’s Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Mark Ashwill
More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells
Ralph Nader
Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Hans-Armin Ohlmann
My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family
Matthew Funke
The Nordic Countries Aren’t Socialist
Daniel Warner
Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment
Dave Lindorff
Mainstream Media Hypocrisy on Display
Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
Victor Grossman
Stand Up With New Hope in Germany?
Christopher Brauchli
A Family Affair
Jill Richardson
Profiting From Poison
Patrick Bobilin
Moving the Margins
Alison Barros
Dear White American
Celia Bottger
If Ireland Can Reject Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too
Ian Scott Horst
Less Voting, More Revolution
Peter Certo
Trump Snubbed McCain, Then the Media Snubbed the Rest of Us
Dan Ritzman
Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger
Brandon Do
The World and Palestine, Palestine and the World
Chris Wright
An Updated and Improved Marxism
Daryan Rezazad
Iran and the Doomsday Machine
Patrick Bond
Africa’s Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018)
Louis Proyect
Memoir From the Underground
Binoy Kampmark
Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne Loses to Vienna
Andrew Stewart
Blackkklansman: Spike Lee Delivers a Masterpiece
Elizabeth Lennard
Alan Chadwick in the Budding Grove: Story Summary for a Documentary Film
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail