Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama Bin Laden finally got what was coming to him...

During a firefight just the other night, we got him. We finally got him. People are rejoicing over the fact that Osama Bin Laden is no longer alive. Hopefully the ghosts of all those who died on 9/11/01 are resting easier now. And, for their loved ones, perhaps they now have a sense of justice. Back then, the whole world was shocked at what happened that fateful day. Lives were destroyed instantly, and all of a sudden this great big world of ours wasn't as safe a place as it had been before.

As much as I've maligned former Prezzident George W. Bush, and believe me, I have, hopefully he has some sense of validity now. In a way, the events of 9/11/01 wrecked his Presidency; there are those who've speculated that he would have spent his time in the Oval Office dealing with the routine matters of the highest office in the land, but all that changed. Things got really serious all of a sudden. Standing in the rubble of 9/11, he vowed that whoever was responsible for 9/11 would be caught. His re-election came and went and Bin Laden was still nowhere to be found.
There are those who are cheering, filled with glee, celebrating the fact that Osama Bin Laden is dead. I'm glad he's dead, too, only, remember, he too had a mother and father and those who cared about him. I'm not saying he didn't deserve to die. He got what was coming to him. At the same time, isn't it wrong, celebrating someone's death? A Life is A Life, after all. I have no idea if it was the intent to Kill Obama outright, or if he could've been captured, kept alive at least long enough to face justice. But I can't help thinking that we tarnished ourselves somehow when we celebrate the fact that someone's been killed. That's not what life is about, and I believe we diminish ourselves as human beings when we throw a big party over someone's death.

So is the world now a safer place with the death of Bin Laden? I don't know, but probably not. Who knows how many of his colleagues are lining up to take his place, after all. Who knows how many foaming-at-the-mouth potential martyrs are out there, thinking that they'll get to a higher level of Heaven if they kill great masses of people who are just going on about their lives? That is indeed cruel, and the fact remains that if someone places no value on life, then they just can't be stopped. That's the reasoning suicide bombers use, after all.

 Perhaps in this uncertain world we need to show other nations that if you mess with the U.S.A., you will pay. That's what we've shown by relentlessly pursuing Osama Bin Laden. It was taking so long to "get him", but I figured that our nation's intelligence community was buzzing with all kinds of secret deals and covert operations, hunting him down. Sooner or later, we all get what we deserve, and Bin Laden got his. And, he doesn't have to be dealt with anymore. But people like that are still out there. But now, perhaps, we can all breathe just a bit easier. In closing, don't "glorify" Osama Bin Laden's death. Rather, think of it as something that probably had to happen. And it did, it really did. Let's all breathe easier now, at least until the next Really Bad Thing Happens.

I'm not politically astute by any means, so I probably have no business posting stuff like this. But when something causes me to feel a certain way, it's a bit therapeutic to post it here. So I did.


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