One part of me says, “it’s about time”. The other part is somewhat sad. I guess you could describe it as mixed emotions.
Mark Twain once said
I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.
The humanist in me says that it’s somewhat hypocritical to denounce the Muslims in other countries who danced in the streets after 9/11, then proceed to dance in the streets after hearing of bin Laden’s death. This need for bloodthirsty revenge bothers me, perhaps because it makes us no different that the masterminds of 9/11. On the other hand, I don’t shed a tear for bin Laden, because he made his own choices, and one of the consequences of the choice he made was exactly what happened to him. The shame is more in the delay, the amount of time he was able to continue breathing and directing the deaths of others, as he most surely did in Indonesia, Spain and London after 9/11. So, good riddance. As one commentator on Facebook mentioned
All life is sacred, yes, but I have absolutely zero problem with American soldiers NOT bringing along any food for bin Laden’s trip back with them….
It would have been nice if he had been captured, brought back to the US, and tried for his crimes, and punished accordingly, but he apparently chose his own justice, so – so be it. I hold no illusions that in the end this might not have been a better result, given the amount of time we’ve been keeping other so-called criminals in Guantanamo, without any sense that they will ever be tried or released. Sticking bin Laden into the middle of that mess would have diluted the catharsis the country and the world apparently craves.
I also have a problem with the way his body was disposed. Well…not so much the burial at sea, but the announcement of the reason for doing so. He supposedly had a weight tied to his ankles and dropped unceremoniously at sea. Or maybe there was a ceremony – it’s unclear – because the official report is that it was done “in accordance with Muslim burial traditions”. I don’t think that should have been the announced reason. They should have ignored all reference to Muslim traditions, because that just pays lip service to the “religion of peace”, arguably one of the underlying reasons for 9/11 in the first place, and gives more legitimacy to that religion. If they didn’t want to inflame Muslim passion more than it will already be inflamed, they should have glossed over any reference to his religion, instead announcing the real reason for the burial at sea was to deprive his followers of a martyr’s grave site, and leave it at that.
Of course, disposing of his body so quickly just creates a vacuum for the crazies to rush into, claiming it’s all a put-on, that the whole thing was staged, like the moon landing. I can hear Beck, Limbaugh and Trump now. Trump will, of course, require a long form death certificate.
I must say though that I’m glad the lead off on the news this morning wasn’t
Royal Honeymoon Delayed Because Of Top Secret Helicopter Assignment in Pakistan!