Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, is dead… unless of course you believe some of these crazy conspiracy theorists.
The White House announced last night that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US Special Forces in a mansion Abbottabad, Pakistan. Now whether it was earlier in the week or just yesterday we’ll probably never know, but the official announcement was made last night that this was indeed Bin Laden and he is indeed dead. His body has since been buried at sea, but why would they bury him so fast? Are they trying to conceal the truth? Is he really dead? Where are the pictures?
Those are the questions I’m reading over and over again from the morons that post comments on CNN and Yahoo News. Why I even bother to read the comments on any article on either of those sites is beyond me, but I think it has something do with making myself feel more intelligent. Hell, even a monkey could read the comments and feel intelligent, but then again if a monkey could read and comprehend English I’d say that he’s a pretty smart monkey anyways. But I digress. Of course there are always going to be those idiots that think this is all a cover up or that somehow President Obama has been waiting to make a push for Bin Laden due to his re-election coming up next year… Whatever the case may be, there’s always going to be people out there that don’t believe the government without undeniable proof. So let’s jump back up to the questions I mentioned earlier.
They buried the body so fast because it’s customary in the Muslim religion to bury a body within a day of death. And of course this leads to people asking why we would have compassion for a man that killed thousands of innocent people over the years… Well, here’s why. While Bin Laden may have wagered this war in the name of Islam, the US was never in a war against Islam or the Muslim people, we are in a war against terrorism and terrorists… Bin Laden was a terrorist and met his demise because he was a terrorist, not because he was a Muslim. So a proper burial is in respect to the religion, which is not what we are fighting. As for the burial at sea, apparently it was hard to find a country that was willing to have his body buried on their land so the government decide to bury him at sea.
As for why there are no pictures of Bin Laden’s dead body, I can’t really answer that. I’m sure there are plenty of pictures of the body and one will be released soon. They’ve released pictures of the bodies of all of the big players that have been killed in this campaign in the past so why they wouldn’t release one of Bin Laden makes no sense. As for the picture that is circulating around the internet right now… it’s fake (and a bad one at that). It’s a bad photoshop of a well circulated image of Bin Laden.
Now let’s discuss what this means for the war on terror and what we can expect from this news. These are my opinions so feel free to chime in and let us know what you think. I know there’s that old saying that if you cut the head off a snake the body will die, but I’m not so sure that’s the case here. Obviously it’s a huge blow to the terrorists world. It’s basically saying, “if you don’t kill yourself in the process of creating terror, we will hunt you down and bring you to justice ourselves”. It could strike some fear into the rest of the terrorists out there, but I think they know what they’ve gotten themselves into and are pretty willing to die for their cause, so I’m not sure if that’s much of a threat. On top of that though, there’s always the notion that Bin Laden still had all the power and was still calling most of the shots. While I don’t deny that he was still the face of evil and the leader of al qaeda, I would be surprised to learn that there wasn’t some sort of power tree, similar to our government, where if someone was killed the next person would take over and continue to call the shots. Now, seeing that Bin Laden, who evaded US forces for 10 years, was susceptible to being caught, it may make that previous statement true. There may be too much fear coursing through the rest of the group that nobody would want to fill his shoes. I just don’t think that this is going to have as big an impact on the terrorist world that people think it will, at least in the short term, but I honestly pray that I’m wrong. There are still smaller terrorist cells all over the world that operate independently of Bin Laden and those groups are still a threat, but it’s possible that with no leadership they won’t be confident in delivering their message of evil. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So while I don’t know if this will have a huge impact on the world of terrorism (or at least as big as some people think), it’s a great victory for our troops and I hope that this will lead to an eventual end to this ridiculous war. This was, after all, the reason we went into the region in the first place right? To find and capture/kill the man responsible for killing so many American’s on 9/11… I know we’ve since moved into other areas of the region for other reasons, but I hope this at least brings an end to this chapter of the war.
As for right now though, I think this is the time that we should be on our toes. We just killed their leader, they are going to want revenge and who knows what they’ve been plotting as a “just in case” scenario. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were terrorist cells within our borders that were told just to sit and wait until word came that their leader was dead and then carry out a plan… It’s scary to think about, and maybe I watch too many movies, but it would not surprise me in the least bit. These people are ruthless and unstable, and without a leader who knows what they will do. I have full trust in the intelligence agencies of our government so I know they will do everything in their power to prevent another terrorist attack on US soil, I honestly worry more that the terrorists in the middle east are going to ramp up their efforts to attack the US troops, so my prayers go out to them.
Oh, and one last thing, I’ve heard a lot of people asking why we couldn’t find him in the last 10 years and now all of a sudden we found and killed him… Think about that sentence for a second and just stop your thought process because you sound like an idiot. We never stopped looking for him so it wasn’t really “all of a sudden”. The intelligence just happened to come through this time and we were able to make a move before he was tipped off that we knew his location. If you really think this was some sort of conspiracy for President Obama to gain support before the elections next year, you’re seriously an idiot. And for those saying we should have taken him alive and let him stand trial and/or be executed for his crimes publicly, we don’t know exactly what went on in that mansion in Pakistan. And can you honestly tell me that if you were on that mission and you found Bin Laden that you would let him live? I understand that killing someone isn’t always the answer, but when that person murders thousands of innocent people for no good reason I think they deserve to meet the same fate, whether or not that involves a trial.