Osama Bin Laden is Dead

It was a commando operation of courage and skill
Navy Seal helicopters flew in for the kill
They had a firefight and they shot him in the head
Now the mastermind of terror, Bin Laden is dead
For all those who love freedom it’s a glorious day
In DC and New York they’re chanting USA
Fatherless children clutching teddy bears
Legless veterans with catheters and wheelchairs

Can all rejoice that the deed is done
And the War on Terror has been won

Now orphans of Afghanistan can look at the skies
They can fill the air with joyful cries
As the call to prayer rings from shattered domes
They can all run out from the rubble of their homes
Now they know their parents didn’t die in vain
When they heard the roar of a jet plane
Now the whole village except the hundred-fifteen
Who died that morning unknown and unseen

Chorus

Now folks can have a party in old Baghdad
And the people of Falluja can all be glad
Now they know there is a reason for their poisoned farms
And for the babies born without heads or arms
The widows need not wonder where their husbands went
They can look forward to the future in their tents
Now all the refugees whatever country they’re in
In Syria, Jordan or Michigan

Chorus

America, America, God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea

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“Osama Bin Laden is Dead” appears on the Bandcamp album, Ten New Songs (2011).

I was in Copenhagen at the time of the Navy Seal raid and the consequent capture and extrajudicial execution of the great terrorist.  I’m glad I was there and not anywhere in the US where I might have had to listen to patriotic idiots chanting nationalist slogans.  Giving terrorists a fair and public trial in an international court is one thing — capturing them and then killing them anyway, and proceeding to dump the body at sea, is not the way forward.  Invading countries and creating loads more terrorists by bombing weddings and massacring civilians is not the way forward — the US occupying the world is the chief reason why Al-Qaeda turned its attention from Russia to the US in the first place.

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