I’m not typically prone to violence. Not a big proponent of war.
I was diametrically opposed to the war in Iraq (and not too happy about the first Gulf War) because it was waged on false pretenses. Yes, the Bush administration lied. Or, perhaps, stretched the truth. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
But I am happy that Osama bin Laden is dead. Delighted. A lot of people are celebrating his death. This is not normal. But bin Laden was not normal. He was the epitome of evil. Though as I said before I’m not normally a violent guy, I wish I had pulled the trigger on the gun that killed bin Laden. That’s how much I wanted that SOB dead. I want to see his head on a stick. I want to see a million Arabs throw their shoes at his dead head.
I guess the decision to bury the rat bastard at sea is sound, as far as not giving his delusional supporters anything to hang on to. But in a way, death is too kind for that piece of excrement.
Bin Laden’s death is a satisfying end to one chapter of this global struggle to eradicate terrorism, a struggle that seems to have no end in sight. Maybe this is the beginning of the end.
Maybe now we’ll feel emboldened to lean a little harder on Pakistan and Afghanistan to clean up their acts, to expose the corruption and terrorist elements. And if those states aren’t able or willing to exterminate those elements, they can step aside and we’ll do the dirty work. Have SEAL team, will destroy.
It is a bit galling to learn that bin Laden wasn’t holed up in a cave. He was living in a million-dollar compound surrounded by guards and (speculating here) plenty of comfort in Pakistan. Maybe he wasn’t in plain sight, but the compound sure was. Hey Pakistan, what’s up with that?
Now it’s time to move forward to exterminate al-Qaida.
We still face difficult and complicated issues. What to do with the detainees in Gitmo, who may or may not be affiliates of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. How do we deal with the many events in the Mideast. Do we support the anti-government forces in Libya, Syria and other hot spots, or would that amount to siding with bad guys? What about Afghanistan and Pakistan? Remember, we supported the mujahideen (spellings vary) in Afghanistan when they fought the Soviets. The lack of cohesive government in Afghanistan that followed the Soviet defeat allowed the Taliban to rise to power.
But for now, let’s take a moment to reflect on the awful events of Sept. 11, 2001, perpetrated by a group of religious zealots led by an evil man.
And then let’s get the rest of the bastards who did this unspeakable evil.