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It is day 1197 and Osama bin Laden remains "wanted dead or alive" ...

On September 11, 2001, terrorists struck the United States.  The world watched in real time the murder of thousands. In addition to lost lives and devastated families, the fiscal cost reaches into the trillions of dollars around the world.

Day 2, September 12, 2001, Le Monde headlines "We are all Americans".  The world mourns with America.  NATO declares Article V - that this was an attack on an ally allowing mobilization of forces to defeat the enemy.  The world is with America.  The world is ready to be lead by America to isolate and defeat those who seek to take down Western society.

Day 7, September 17, 2001, President George W. Bush stated: "I want justice."  As for Osama bin Laden, "there's an old poster out West  'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'"

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The United States ended Taliban control of Afghanistan.  Day 113, New Year's Day 2002, saw a new government in Afghanistan and victory declared - even though the country remains incredibly unstable even to today - but Osama remained wanted dead or alive ...

Day 366, September 11th, 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke at the opening of the memorial for those who died at the Pentagon while Osama remained wanted dead or ...

The Administration turned its attention to Iraq and garnered support through the skillful deployment of words of mass deception. Day 598, May 1st, 2003, the President declared "Mission Accomplished" yet Osama remained wanted ...

By Day 731, September 11th, 2003, everyone realized that the mission wasn't quite accomplished, family members mourned on the second anniversary, yet Osama remained ...

The 60th anniversary of D-Day, June 6th, 2004, was the 1000th day since September 11th. Adolf Hitler remained nothing but ashes of history yet Osama ...

Days 1085, August 30, 2004, the Republican Party began its celebration in the city that suffered and the Republican National Convention showcased speech after speech lauding the victories in the Global War on Terrorism.  Many there smiled with secret glee over the many Republican political victories gained through manipulating the terrorist threat, yet ....

Day 1093, September 7, 2004, the death toll of American service personnel in Iraq passed 1,000.  A war fought on the basis of false claims, pursuing a pre-ordained agenda, creating a new nightmare for the United States and the world that turned the focus away from Afghanistan and bin Laden, ...

September 11th, 2004, day 1097.  Three years after the September 11th attacks, the world has more terrorists at large than ever before.  George Bush has made Iraq truly the center of the war on terrorism, a viral breeding ground for a new generation of terrorists including tomorrow's Osama bin Ladens.  No headlines in Le Monde or elsewhere that "We are all Americans", as the Bush Administration's actions have turned world opinion against Americans - rather than isolating radical Islamists, they are isolating America.  And, Osama ...

The President of the United States told America, told the world, that he would bring to justice this terrorist who successfully plotted the murder of thousands.  Instead, bin Laden remains at large and served as a useful political tool for Republican scare-mongers asserting that - somehow - a vote for a Democrat was a vote for terrorism. How many days have to pass? After day 1149, November 2, 2004, America had a "President-Elect" who seems to have forgotton that Osama bin Laden - and not those who question his pre-conceived notions and offer alternative views - is the nation's true enemy.  

Day 1228 is otherwise known as January 20th, 2005, Inauguration Day.  Amid Republican partying how many will truly recall Osama bin Laden?

During the Iran Hostage crisis, America counted the days that passed. Every night, ABC's Nightline prominently reminded America of the ticking clock.  This was a count the nation kept in unison. Where are those reminders of Osama bin Laden? Are those mourning their loved ones the only Americans counting today?  Will you help keep the count?

Originally posted to besieged by bush on Tue Dec 21, 2004 at 11:48 AM PST.

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