published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Evil Osama bin Laden dead!

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    In this 1998 file photo, Osama bin Laden speaks to the journalists in Khost, Afghanistan and made available Friday March 19, 2004. A person familiar with developments said Sunday, May 1, 2011 that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan, File)

Americans have not forgotten the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington on Sept. 11, 2001 — 9/11 — that took the lives of roughly 3,000 innocent people.

Osama bin Laden, a native of Saudi Arabia, gleefully claimed responsibility for those murders — and remained alive and in hiding in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Incredibly, it has been nearly a decade since those horrific events. Could bin Laden and his co-conspirators in the al-Qaida terrorist network have survived and continued plotting destruction for so long? Yes, but their misdeeds had begun even earlier.

Remember, the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, which killed 17 American sailors, was also traced to bin Laden and his allies. And there have been other mass murders in a variety of terrorist attacks attributed to bin Laden.

While news of bin Laden himself had somewhat faded from attention for many of us, he had not been forgotten by members of the CIA, nor, evidently, by numerous other U.S. military and civilian leaders; they relentlessly pursued any and every shred of information about where bin Laden may have been hiding.

Now the never-ceasing pursuit of bin Laden has resulted at long last in his death in Pakistan by a small band of Americans!

He died in a long firefight with U.S. Navy SEALs and others at a compound where he and some of his family lived outside Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital. He apparently had been there for years.

Many throughout the world have celebrated, and indeed it is good news that he, at least, will not be plotting future attacks against the United States.

But unfortunately, bin Laden’s death does not end the kind of evil that he personified. There still are the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq that — like bin Laden — challenge human lives, peace, decency and ultimately the United States.

Radical Muslim terrorism did not die with bin Laden. The terrorists’ war continues against people of good will around the world.

Bin Laden was just one of many who waged that war.

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nucanuck said...

As we celebrate the end of the road for Osama bin Laden and the murderous violent acts that he sponsored we should ask ourselves why so many millions of muslims found common cause with such a man.

Why was he so angered by a US military presence in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East that he would devote his life to trying to counter that presence? What drove him? It wasn't money or earthly things...he already had wealth. Was it deep religious belief that drove him? Could he actually become a symbolic martyr for Islam whose memory will endure?

Should we in the West be asking ourselves whether our military presence throughout the Islamic world is in our best interest? This makes sixty three years of mounting tension and bloodshed. Surely the time is ripe to consider different policies. Osama may be dead, but the anger he represented remains and festers.

We have aligned ourselves with and supported unpopular autocrats throughout the region. The Arab street is in revolt. Soon enough our rented dictators will lose control and we will lose whatever influence we thought we had.

Osama bin Laden and eighteen men with box cutters gave the most powerful nation on earth a good thumping and I fear that we have learned nothing about causation. THEY were not crazies. THEY were well educated devout serious people. When we demonize them, we excuse any need for serious consideration about what part we bear in Islamic anger and what we might do to change the ongoing warring dynamic.

bin Laden's death should serve as a moment of re-consideration about how we hope to co-exist with 1.2 billion muslims.

May 3, 2011 at 1:47 a.m.
Leaf said...

Adding puppies to the list of things that L4F hates.

May 3, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
librul said...

And how should we "force" you to become less of a mongrel, L4F? I'd sure hate to see what your carpet looks like, or do you just live under a rock?

May 3, 2011 at 9:28 a.m.

Force them to change??? Who's more controlling again? You or Obama?

May 3, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
librul said...

Are Americans stupid or just gullible?

May 3, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Legend said...

@Evil Osama bin Laden dead!

There are many EVIL people in then world. Bin Laden may or may not have been one of the more or least of them.

Again, what happened that so turned bin laden against America? Remember, bin laden was once ally of America. America trained bin laden and the Taliban to fight against Russia. What did bin laden see that so cause him to turn a complete 360 on America? It would be interesting and even a lesson to know.

May 3, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.

lol wingnut4freedom sounds as bad as the radical muslims. you truly are a sad little person.

May 3, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.
hambone said...

L4L's hate for those different from him leaves hin standing alone.

Such a sad little man!

May 3, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.
nucanuck said...

L4L's world is a small one and there are lots more like him.

May 3, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
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