The End of Bin Laden – celebrations and calibrations
The End of Bin Laden – celebrations and calibrations
There is little doubt that many people are convinced that Bin Laden had it coming when a team of US Navy Seals burst into his room and shot him in the head. A man who had killed so many people in such cruel and cowardly ways had now met his own cowardly death. The details of his killing have been sketchy with the story changing several times. Initially it was implied that he armed, then that he was using his wife as human shield, then that he was unarmed and not using his wife as a shield. The most recent reports indicate that he unarmed in his room with his wife when the Navy Seals burst in. His wife moved forward at the Navy Seal and was shot in the legs whilst Bin Laden ended up being shot in the head.
The confusion of details and contradictions of stories has become media fodder and spawned another flurry of wild conspiracy theories. Even before the details of the raid were released journalists and bloggers were already claiming that Bin Laden was assassinated. They went further and with absolutely no evidence condemned the action because it was, wait for it, “an assassination”.
The core of the bleaters may have their suspicions, but suspicions without supporting evidence are little more than speculation and prejudice. For example the prominent Australian Ex-Pat human rights lawyer with flowery English accent Geoffrey Robertson QC has had this to say about Osama Bin Laden, “This man has been subject to summary execution, and what is now appearing after a good deal of disinformation from the White House is it may well have been a cold-blooded assassination.”
The colourful very left of left Bob Ellis has this to say in the wake of the death of Bin Laden, “How shabby the Americans are. How secretive and stupid…” and later “… How creepy. How overpaid for their shoddy scheming and their bungled midnight raids…” and still he has more to say… “What klutzes they are. And how dearly we all must pay for their clumsiness, in a rejuvenated al-Qaeda and acts of terror without end, in this country too. And an atomic war, perhaps.” Wow, what an imagination. I am envious. If only I had a cup of what Bob Ellis is on. Atomic war because Osama Bin Laden is killed?
Another ABC Drum writer call Antony Loewenstein is equally upset that Osama has been killed. “The murder of bin Laden wasn’t justice, as claimed by Obama and a range of commentators. It was a targeted assassination, an art perfected by Israel, and an illegal tool that has not made the Zionist nation any less likely to face attack from designated enemies. America will be no different.” At this point I am confused as to why Loewenstien would even bother mentioning Israel in an action on the opposite side of the planet. Perhaps is compulsively obsessed with the phrase “Zionist Nation.”
Again the Drum has employed another person mope over the death of Osama bin Laden. This time it is Ruby (Soho) Hamad who in her own words, “Once again, the United States has resumed its self-appointed role as the world’s police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. And whilst there is plenty of backslapping, foam-finger waving and jubilant talk of ‘justice’, there has not been nearly enough said about the other victims of that evening…” And her winning line, “…Bin Laden did not die alone that fateful night. And when he sank to the bottom of the ocean, he was weighed down, not merely with rocks or stones, but with the hopes and dreams of millions who dared to believe a better America, and a better world was not far on the horizon.” After reading this I felt like inviting Osama Bin Laden over for a cup of tea and a few nibbles as I quietly apologized to him for being upset about the 3000+ he did murder on 9/11.
The examples above are not alone in their duplicitous guilt complex about Osama bin Laden death. Yet none have explained how you can safely and peacefully arrest the head of a terrorist suicide cult. Were they expecting that someone would knock on the door of the terrorist leader’s compound and hand him a summons to appear in court? Or were they expecting Obama to rely upon the diligence of the Pakistan armed forces to do their job? Even the second scenario is silly when you consider that Bin Laden was living in a huge complex, no more than a kilometre away from a Pakistani military training college. He was in the neighbourhood and no one knew he was there? One could forgive Obama if he smelled a rat. He could also be forgiven for sending in the Navy Seals where a negotiator with a megaphone was doomed to fail. We can even forgive him for being happy that such a horrid person can no longer harm anyone. After all Obama could have ordered a cruise missile to flatten the compound rather than risk his elite commandoes on such a dangerous mission.
How Osama bin Laden died is now going to be the stuff of legend, fiction, news editorials and wild conspiracy theories. Claims that he was ceremonially executed are still wild conspiracy theories. These are usually held by the kind of people who are worried about black helicopters, Area 51 and the lizard people. However the fact that he is dead, despite how (even if he had died peacefully in his sleep), is a great relief to millions around the world.
Osama bin Laden was not some Boy Scout idealist who was fighting for a better, fairer world. He was a thug who oppressed women; murdered thousands of civilians in cold blood; destabilized the world; surround himself with child soldiers and suicide bombers. And metaphorically speaking, if he is to face the hereafter I doubt very much there will be any virgins lined up for him at all. In fact he would more likely be thinking that the hole in his head was least of his punishments.
Perhaps some of people mentioned above grieve too much when a monster is killed. Osama was not a retired old gentle man in a smoking jacket, was still planning major terrorist actions up until his death.
All I can say is that the best thing to come out of burying Osama bin Laden at sea is now we can all go down to the beach and piss on his grave.
Metaphorically speaking of course.