Our deepest appreciation to the United States military in their continuing and undying commitment to not only bring Osama bin Laden down but to weaken the terrorist movement throughout the world – all of this in spite of the cynics who said he would never be captured. Bin laden had counted on the United States becoming battle weary and to begin fighting amongst ourselves as took place during Viet Nam. He knew well that President Clinton had lobed a few token bombs at an aspirin factory and then become distracted by White House interns rather than the war on terror. And he counted on this happening again. It didn’t.
Just a few additional thoughts on bin Laden’s death:
1. When you think about it, God was extremely patient with this man. He survived the attacks at Tora Bora and apparently never got more than 50 miles away from that area. He had nearly ten years to repent and yet all we got were recorded words promising continued vengeance in addition to an ill-advised endorsement of John Kerry for President. A repentant thief joined Jesus in paradise on the day of their deaths. But there was no repentance on bin Laden’s part – just twisted logic to supposedly justify his actions.
2. Once again, when under fire, bin Laden elected to hide behind women in an effort to secure his safety. He had done so in Tora Bora; sending his own wife and children into the line of fire as decoys. To those who see bin Laden as a hero or saint: heroes don’t run and hide behind women, they stand up for their convictions. On video he is seen laughing at the foolishness of the 9/11 terrorists. Yet he claimed that his goal was to die a martyr in the belly of the Eagle (the United States). He wasn’t a martyr. He ran like the coward that he was. Suddenly the promise (or the hoax) of 72 virgins in heaven didn’t seem so believable. It had been rumored that bin Laden had given armed guards instructions to kill him if his impending capture appeared certain. But no such guards emerged and apparently no such instructions were ever given. He knew well that the promise of 72 virgins was only a myth. In the end, he simply feared for his life.
I would like to think that our rejoicing over the death of bin Laden is not because we find satisfaction in knowing that he is in hell but rather in the fact that his death makes it all the more difficult for a terrorist organization committed to killing the innocent to continue to function.
3. It was reported that bin Laden was buried at sea because such conformed to proper Muslim burial. Not so. While it is true that Muslims bury their dead within 24 hours of death, they also insist that proper burial requires the head to be facing Mecca. Such a position is impossible to assure at sea. Furthermore, in ancient times it was a standard practice (even among Muslims) to bury Muslim criminals alongside of a pig or to execute them by the use of pork filled bullets. This in turn tended to discourage individuals from imitating the deceased’s actions as it is commonly held that being buried with a pig or while having pork in one’s digestive system eliminates the possibility of entering heaven. Bin laden was a criminal in the minds of the majority of Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Burying him with a pig may not be the best solution as it would likely prompt radicals to attempt to remove the body through whatever means no matter how violent. But he should not be accorded a tribute which implies that he was a noble human being by Muslim standards – he was not.
Also consider that there are a multitude of folks out there who refuse to accept the thought that their hero is dead. For years it was reported that Hitler was living in Argentina, John Kennedy was on an island in the Mediterranean and Elvis was in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I rather suspect that some loon will come up with the theory that bin Laden escaped and is dwelling in the Himalayas with the Twelfth Imam and preparing his return.
4. I find it interesting that the information on bin Laden’s whereabouts were uncovered by the water-boarding of Khalid Sheik Muhammad at Gitmo during the Bush administration when Khalid leaked out a nickname which was linked to the courier who housed bin Laden in the compound. President Obama wants to eliminate water-boarding, close down Gitmo and place its residents in the hands of a group of lawyers who may have never earned their law degrees any more than Obama himself. Such a proposal is absurd.