I think the world has gone mad. I can’t believe the obscene celebrations around Osama Bin Laden’s death and how the media talks about it as if it was a wildlife kill. What made it okay for the US to go into a foreign country and shoot him point blank? He was resisting arrest – it’s the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard. He also was unarmed.
I didn’t like the man and I think he was responsible for some hideous crimes against humanity. I think he was a psychopath who exploited the prejudices and anger of his followers so that they’d happily pull the trigger. That must have given him a nice feeling of power. But the way he was assassinated makes the west no better than he was. I think the most anybody had the right to do was to put him on trial.
There could never be any justice for what he did. Killing him isn’t justice. It’s murder. Well, revenge is fun, isn’t it, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel as if you’re not helpless, especially when you can actually kill somebody. I think it’s fine to fantasize it, but the act isn’t a powerful one. It’s about bully power and inner weakness.
I think a dangerous precedent has been set. What’s to stop anybody to just go into a foreign country and kill whoever they want? Well, doesn’t half the world do that anyway, but now it’s been further legitimized. Sadly, it’s obvious from the tapes just released by the CIA that he wasn’t really that powerful anyway. He was a sad old man, kind of withered inside. And yesterday an ex member of Al Queda said he had long been just a figurehead, a spiritual guide.
So how much was he really responsible for? Both Al Queda and the West had a field day building him up into some kind of superman for years. I can see why Al Queda would do it, but why did the US participate? And whoever else did. I find it really hard to believe the US didn’t have better information.
The whole thing stinks. And what did this killing achieve? How can this bestial illustration of utter dismissal of justice do anything other than fan the flames? We want fundamentalists to behave with decency, responsibility and respect for human life but we don’t do it ourselves. That’s a pretty horrific double standard. Double standards always hurt those who live by them.
For the first time since he was elected I’m disappointed that Barack Obama gave the okay. I’ve always seen him as a man of tremendous integrity, with a mammoth task. I think he’s dealing with all the obstacles that are strewn constantly in his way. I still believe he has integrity, but I think he’s been forced to compromise it a lot. I wonder how much option he had on this, and what he would have done if left to his own devices. It’s not easy running a country that’s split down the middle in so many different ways.
As for Osama Bin Laden, I can make the distinction between the man, his behavior, and his essential spirit. I feel sad that a man could have become such a psychopath; I hate his behavior; and I respect his spirit. I think life sometimes can provoke us almost beyond endurance into blocking out the last so that we can justify taking revenge, but I can’t see that it’s right.