Why I’m not celebrating over Bin Laden’s murder

So is it just me that got a cold chill down the spine when I heard about Americans celebrating over the cold blooded murder of an unarmed man, in front of his wife, and his body being tipped unceremoniously into the sea, with not even the merest suggestion of a court trial to determine his guilt, and all to get an unpopular president in with a better chance of re-election?

This murder will not stop Al Qaeda, the design of which is purpose- built to survive the death of any one person. Instead, Barack Obama and his people have made Osama Bin Laden a ‘martyr’, and there will be many many angry young men out now to avenge his ‘martyrdom’.

There is such a thing as the Geneva Convention ~ and this is not about whether or not Bin Laden himself would have honoured the Geneva Convention. This is not about who he is or was. It is about who we are. Every man is entitled to the rule of the law and a fair trial ~ otherwise we will quickly descend to the barbaric. Today they’re topping Bin Laden, but tomorrow, it could be you or me.

Breathed new life into Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda were on the back foot anyway. The Arab Uprising owes little to them, and its success would have rendered their cause virtually redundant. Now, in one fell swoop, Obama has breathed new life into Al-Qaeda by making a ‘martyr’ of their leader, and all to get himself re-elected.

If they were serious about world peace, all they needed to do was arrest Bin Laden, and bundle him off to the Hague where they would have been able to easily nail him, fair and square, with the evidence of his computer hard drive.

And no, the death of Bin Laden won’t mean that the Americans will be coming out of Afghanistan any time soon, because they have to help shore up the regime of one of the most corrupt leaders on the world stage today from the threat of the Taliban in order to protect their oil interests.

So well done America, the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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14 comments

  1. wódr̥

    “Plenty breeds Pride; Pride, Enuy, Enuy, Warre,
    Warre, Pouerty, Pouerty, humble Care.
    Humility breeds Peace, and Peace breeds Plenty;
    Thus round this World doth rowle alternatly.”

    ~ The World’s Whirlegigge: 1631

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  2. Susan

    Ishtar do you even realize how much pain and fear this man has caused around the world? He has killed thousands and thousands of innocent lives. He has to face his consequences just like everyone else does. He was even plotting for another 9/11 attack this year…. if we didn’t find him there would’ve been more innocent people killed. Do you realize we are in a raging war? People will die. People will get hurt. This is what war is all about. I don’t like it either. But it is this corrupt world we live in and we have to deal with what we got. But I do think there is a difference between applauding murder and applauding justice.

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    • Ishtar Babilu Dingir

      Susan, yesterday the White House issued a statement saying that now they had rid the world of Osama Bin Laden, it will be a more peaceful place ~ however, because of this killing, we should be prepared for more terrorist attacks.

      I don’t know if you’ve ever read 1984 by George Orwell, but in that book this kind of duplicitous statement is referred to as double-talk.

      Of course I realise what sort of man Osama Bin Laden was, and what terrible atrocities he was responsible for. That’s not the point. My post was not about who he is or was, but about who we are. This is not about what Osama Bin Laden deserved, but about what we deserve. We deserve to live under the rule of law.

      No-one should be above or beyond the law. Anyone, even a raging criminal psychopath, is entitled to the rule of the law. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth will never solve this terrorist problem for us. It will only make matters worse.

      Killing Bin Laden will not make Al Qaeda go away, and will in fact, breathe new life into an organisation that was being rendered redundant anyway, with the Arab Uprising.

      His murder was a totally cynical act, designed solely to improve Obama’s ratings and chance of re-election.

      We deserve more honest leaders with greater integrity, Only that will lead to something else we deserve, a more peaceful world.

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      • Caigwyn

        I say good riddance to Bin Laden. He was not worthy of respect, or the ‘justice’ of a trial. Would you prefer the ongoing attempts to release him from captivity, and the hostage taking that would have caused? Or a burial site to become a pilgrimage for the misguided who follow him?

        I’d personally have preferred it if he’d not walked this planet. Or, since 911, if he’d perished in the mountains, in the cold, alone with his conscience.

        Having said that, I too am not celebrating. All killing is wrong. I am uncomfortable with the manner of his demise. Since when did the duly elected government of the USA think it’s OK to send people to rock up and act like vigilantes in another sovereign state, without so much as a nod to diplomacy or legal process?

        I also understand that Al Qaeda will not end through this, but think that the Arab spring will provide so much more hope than jihad against the west would ever bring. AQ will whither and die by itself. Inshallah.

        Caigwyn

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  3. Ishtar Babilu Dingir

    Jim, if you call shooting an unarmed man in the face heroic, so be it. My post was about how unwise this murder was, politically and strategically, because this act of pure revenge has breathed new life into Al Qaeda, an organisation that had previously lost its power and influence.

    Now this man was a real hero, Martin Luther King Jr, and he said this:

    “I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.”

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  5. jim thompson

    When I saw the crowds cheering after the murderer (of innocent men, women and children) was brought to justice, It brought tears to my eyes. I had given up hope that our country would ever see this glorious day. Bringing justice for the heros who died on 9/11, to their families a feeling that sometimes good does triumph over evil. A knowledge to those who wish to do harm to americans, there is a price to pay, and no matter where you hide eventually you will be found. The USA does so much more for the world than any other nation, and look what are our so called allies in the fight against terrorism are doing, hiding the USA worst enemy. I’ am sure that this madman is now answering to a higher power as he should be. Three cheers for the navy seals and all the heros in our military!!!

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  7. Anna

    Your post made me weep. Again.
    The futility and stupidity of the Marching Men makes me so sad – with the Arab spring underway could they not have checked their testosterone, greed and lust for power (and re-election) for long enough to consider the implications?

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  8. mike dickman

    spot on and my feelings to a ‘t’…
    one might also wonder whether, given the photoshopped ‘image’ followed by the claimed ‘burial at sea’ (for a Muslim???), whether there’s an ounce of truth to it, or am i just being paranoid again?…

    .-_-.

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