Although this is ordinarily a blog about the future, I today want to step out of that realm and use this forum to discuss a topic that is on everybody’s mind.
An unarmed man and his son were executed without a trial, on Monday. His house was invaded in the morning hours by men armed with automatic weapons. They killed the father and the son, and shot his wife, who was trying to protect her husband, in the leg. The armed men then left with the body and eventually dropped it into the ocean. Upon learning this news, a whole country joined in on an unbridled celebration.
Way to earn that Nobel Peace Prize, Obama.
The day America celebrated murder, was the day Bin Laden won. It took him more than a decade, and it cost him his life, but he did not mind that. Martyrdom was what he always wanted anyway. This guy lived to die.
Osama won. He never said he wanted to kill all Americans. He wanted America to bankrupt itself, which it has done, economically and morally.
The assassination, rather than capture and trial (as is customary in free countries ruled by law), combined with the ensuing gloat-fest on the streets of America, is an insult to the values this country pretends to defend.
In one sweeping motion, the US simultaneously infringed on Pakistan’s sovereignty, violated its own and international law, the human rights and a plethora of treaties and conventions to which the country subscribes.
Osama bin Laden should have received due process, not for his sake, but for America’s. Instead, the US is perpetuating a cycle of hate, and Americans are becoming what they claim to detest. Do you remember seeing Iranians on TV celebrating in the streets after 9/11? I bet that made you pretty angry.
How quickly we forget when the shoe is on the other foot.
The assassination was celebrated across the nation as the country’s proudest moment since 9/11. It’s not a good sign if America's greatest achievement in the last ten years is that it has shot someone in the head.
Everyone of course remembers the tragic events of September 11th. 10 years, trillions of tax dollars and 6,000 servicemen later, America killed one guy. Bravo.
So now what? Did we win the war on terror? Will they close Guantanamo? Will they leave Afghanistan? Will Al-Qaeda say “Well, I guess they won” and go home? Of course not. I'd be glad to celebrate the death of terrorism, but not the death of one man. It’s funny how America thinks it can measure its safety in corpses. It’s time the US asks itself what motivated all this terrorism in the first place.
Executing people without giving them a fair trial? I used to think that was a characteristic of despots like Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il and Stalin.
It doesn't matter how many times you say God bless America. Murder is still murder.