Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The death of osama been laden.

The "mastermind" of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the cave dwelling videographer, the symbol of our enemies in the war on the noun "terror", the bogeymen himself, osama bin laden was shot dead during a Navy SEAL raid of his compound, a walled in "mansion" where he and his family have been living. Located in a suburb of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, the head "evil doer" was living a third of a mile from a Pakistani military training facility. But this post isn't about what Pakistan knew, or their charges of violating a sovereign nation.

"Getting bin laden" almost ten years after the attacks on New York City's World Trade Center has provoked some differing reactions. Talking heads, heads of state, department officials, past presidents, and New York City Mayors are pleased, but "know the fight is not over". Seeing people flood the streets at Ground Zero, Times Square, and outside the White House, cheering and jubilant, is a nice change from the angry mobs we're used to seeing. But the idea of celebrating a death is a disturbing and saddening one too. He may have orchestrated hideous, abhorrent acts, but cheering his death exposes a dark place. A place where revenge, retaliation, and blood lust dwell. The ten years that have past have lessened the initial urgency to "get bin laden". Ten years of two wars can wear at the thirst for the enemy's blood. Don't misunderstand, seas of that thirst exist, but for some it's simply violence begetting violence. What will be the retaliation to this latest retaliation be? If we had not retaliated with war, would more or less people have died over these past ten years?

Ending "the hunt for bin laden" brings some closure to "9/11". He was the face attached to our "terrorist" enemy in the war on the noun "terror". A bogeyman gone. The death of the head of al qaeda doesn't mean we are safe from al qaeda, but I do believe it deals a major blow to their organization and perhaps some funding as well. US "officials" say that they think the group may splinter into several groups. Breaking up the hierarchy will weaken them as a whole, but these smaller groups may prove dangerous and more intensified. One can only imagine the intel gathered at the bin laden domicile, which by the way wasn't a cave in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The government is said to have photographs of the corpse and is deciding whether or not to show them publicly. "They" say they are brutally graphic, with at least one major head wound. In the current we believe nothing anybody says climate, I think they have to be released. Official DNA evidence will not be enough. When they are released, that dark place will come out stronger than ever. The image will be exciting and disturbing people everywhere, but it will end any doubt that he is dead.

President Obama gave the order that killed bin laden. His statement, which was not as funny as his White House Coorespondent's dinner's, was a proud one. He spoke of unity, purpose, and sacrifice. A week after surprising the press with a slap from his long form birth certificate, Obama seems reminiscent of 2008 Obama. An Obama Seth Meyers recently told the current Obama "he would love'". Dare I say it, President Obama seems to be playing offense... in public again. Next year's election is a long way off, and a lot can happen, but I would venture to guess his poll numbers jump from those who are glad "bin laden's in hell" (except for people like rover and huckabeek) and not drop from those who aren't or who worry what will happen next.

Is it big deal to kill a "symbol", a "bogeyman", the "leader" of our enemy? Yes. Am I happy osama bin laden's gone? I'm going to have to say yes to that too. But it's hard to argue with "I 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. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Even if Martin Luther King Jr. did not say it.

Squid's note: This post is based on the assumption that what the government has been telling us about osama bin laden, al qaeda, and the attacks of September 11, 2001 is the truth.