Well, there’s one less jackass in the world today. @ 03:37 pm
So, Osama bin Laden is dead and has been buried at sea, in accordance with Islamic tradition concerning bodies at risk of being desecrated. Only in America would be manage to respsect the death rites of even our worst enemy. (Yes, I understand the practical considerations as well, no need to have a shrine somewhere for him that a traditional burial would bring.)
I don’t know if anyone really noticed, but it wasn’t even a few hours after the announcement of his death that “See something, say something” was being reiterated across the internet. I’m quite certain no one out there believes that the death of bin Laden signals an end to extremist violence around the world. But at least give us an overnight, maybe a day to enjoy finally winning the longest damn game of hide and seek on record. A small break from being pushed to paranoia in the name of National Security would be quite welcome.
Getting rid of one person, even if it is the guy at the top, isn’t really going to change things. There are still followers, still people who hate for irrational reasons and who will lash out with violence or rhetoric to incite violence as their response to their own fear of a changing world.*
It will never be gone, but there is one less person advocating it today.
Is it right that he died voilently at our hands when we supposedly are a peace loving nation? I don’t know, but two things come to mind:
- Karma is a bitch, and
- He started it. (OK, that’s my inner 8 year old talking, but my outer adult can’t argue with the sentiment.)
*It’s not a Muslim extremist thing. It’s an extremist of any kind thing. Fear leads to hate and then violence. Any diety provides a good excuse.