I’ve decided to name this title, “I’m Soo Happy your Grandpa Died….”, because it puts this whole post in perspective. I really don’t have time to make this post, but i’m going to anyway, because it needs to be said. As you know, or maybe you don’t, Osama Bin Ladin is dead. We killed him. I am angry for few reasons.
1. Him being dead means that he got the easy way out. Now he can’t be held accountable for his terrorist actions. Killing him before trying him for his crimes against Humanity is about more than slapping a sentence on him and I’m sure that his sentence would be death, nonetheless, the trial would hold him accountable for his actions. Killing him off the bat does not hold him accountable because he’s not brought in front of a tribunal of peers that tells him that his actions were unacceptable. This whole thing is about the process. The process is about the victims, and justice for his victims. In his eyes he has done nothing wrong, and he wasn’t hiding out of shame, he was hiding because he knew people were out to get him. In his eyes, he died fighting for Allah, which makes him victorious. However, if he were brought to trial, his peers would have told him that his actions were awful and he would died from a sentence that he deserves. He deserved to die, but his death shouldn’t be celebrated.
2. It is cruel and insensitive to be “glad someone died”, even if they were an evil person. Evil people don’t think their evil. He was defending his beliefs. That doesn’t make his actions less evil, or more right, but it doesn’t mean we should go around celebrating his death. Okay, an evil man died. By celebrating it, he wins. I’m not saying that we have to mourn his death. I’m just saying that he was a person too, with family and yes, even friends. We wouldn’t tell one of our friends, “Hey, I’m so happy your grandma died.” He is someone’s father or brother, or husband. It’s not enough that we killed him, we have to really rub it in to his families face? That’s like a serial killer calling up one of his victim’s parents and saying, “Hey, I’m glad I killed your kid.” That is just insensitive and cruel.
I’m not saying that I’m not relieved that he’s dead. He can no longer terrorize people or nations. However, let’s put this thing in perspective. He wasn’t held accountable for his crimes, and he’s a person just like you and me. Take a moment to let that soak in.