Imagine this scene: a fifth-grade classroom. A young boy sits there in the second row watching intently as the teacher lectures about the importance of voting in the Governmental system. All of a sudden, the principal enters in the doorway of the classroom and knock politely, yet sternly. The teacher exits the classroom with the principal, knowing something has happened. The students sit there in amazed confusion. Was someone in the class in trouble? Was the teacher in trouble? Was hot lunch cancelled of that day? Those were some of the thoughts that ran through our young minds. But none of us knew the grim reality of what was about to be divulged to us. The teacher returns with tears rolling down her beat-red face and we are greeted with the awful, chilling news: a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center towers. We were the ushered to a small room next to our classroom where the TV was kept. We watched as the news unfolded before us, yet none of us quite grasped what was really happening. That was what happened on what was to be on of this country's biggest moments and also one that I will never forget. Those were my memories of September 11th, 2001.
This is the picture that ran through my mind when I got done with a choir concert last night and looked at my phone. I had been singing for 3 hours about peace and love, and even about the Iraq War. So imagine my surprise when, after singing about these things, I see a text bearing the words: Osama Bin Laden is DEAD. I sat back stunned. My mother looked at me and knew something was up. I told her and we instantly flipped on the radio to hear the news and it was confirmed: Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Troops in Pakistan, who had been tracking him since August.
I got home and turned on FOX News and watched as Barack Obama gave his opening words in a live speech officially announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden: "Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the
world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed
Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's
responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and
children." He went on to describe the death of Bin Laden in detail: "Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation
against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of
Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and
capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian
casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took
custody of his body." Obama then made sure to divulge the fact that the "United States is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam." Obama's speech, as a whole, was disjointed and rambling, often musing on war and things of that nature, but never coming to a relevant or coherent point. (To watch the video of the speech or read the full transcript, follow this link.)
The body, which was in full custody of the United States, honored Bin Laden's Muslim background by burying him less that 24 hours after his death. (Why we cow-towed to this madman's customs is beyond me...) It was reported that he was carried out to the North Arabian Sea and buried at sea. The LA Times reoprts that it was the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. "The burial," Navy officials said, "followed Muslim custom, with the body washed and placed in a white sheet. "The body was placed in a weighted bag," a military official in
Washington said. "A military officer read prepared religious remarks,
which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker." And so was the end of a man whom we had all feared and loathed for more than 9 years.
What can one say about Osama (Usama) Bin Laden? I grew up hating him. More than hating him. It was deep and utter loathing. Here was a man who represented everyone that hates America and its values. Here was a man who masterminded one of the biggest mass-murders in US History and probably felt no remorse as he planned it.
Osama Bin Laden was a terrorist. The operative part of that word being this: terror. The very visage of this man struck fear into millions of people. We watched several videos of this man, sent to us by him, and each video opened up a new portal of madness, the likes of which we had never really seen before. Here was a man who hated us. The USA. So he decided to kill us off, one by one. He was a monster.
But, now, only a day after the news broke, people are pleading for the commentary and rejoicing about his death to cease. Rational human beings are, for some reason, shouting that we shouldn't be celebrating the death of this man. They say he needs to be treated with respect and dignity, now that he is death. They want us to honor a man who hated us. While the Bible does say "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you", I can't respect a madman.
Osama Bin Laden was a mental case of epic proportions. I will not honor this man. His death brought forth this thought into my mind: It is as if I was wearing a dark veil for 9 years that was covering my face, constricting my breath and clouding my judgement. But now, after Bin Laden's death, I feel that the veil has been lifted and I can finally breathe and see clearly now.
I will not deprive myself the opportunity to celebrate this man's death. I applaud those who conspired to kill him and DID get away with it! I applaud the US Military operations that took the time to carefully plan with coup and kill him, brutally and honestly. Bin Laden was a sick idiot, and his death was fitting. "An eye for an eye", the old proverb says, and in Bin Laden's case, it's as if the dead souls of every person he has killed took a hold of his soul and dragged it down to hell, where it belongs.
Every American, nay, every person in the world should celebrate this man's death with loud trumpets and gleeful shouts! The 9-11 victims now have been appeased. As Cornelia says in Georg Fredric Handel's opera Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), "I have nothing more to fear now, my soul has been avenged."
The fact that we upheld a minimum of Muslim traditions in burying him was really more than he deserved. He deserved to be thrown in a dung heap, not coddled and carried out to sea. The 9-11 victims families should have had a chance to pass his dead body and spit in his face for all he did. When one person becomes a madman, you waive the right to personal freedom and even religious ties. When he is finally brought to pentance and killed, he is waived of his rights as a person. He will die at the mercy of those who hate him the most.
Osama Bin Laden is dead. He can never hurt any of us again, and his life will live in the utter dark recesses of infamy, along with Hitler and other soulless dictators. America can rejoice in the fact that, while the war won't cease and terrorism won't die away because the figurehead and cornerstone has been killed, we now have been avenged by killing this man. The blood on our hands is righteous and honored.