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Bin Laden is Dead. So Now What?

After almost 10 years, a few trillion dollars, and thousands of soldier’s lives, America has found vengeance. Osama Bin Laden is dead.

In a scene straight out of a Tom Clancy novel, a group of our military elite worked its way into Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. During the firefight, Navy Seals quickly dispatched Bin Laden with a hail of bullets . Afterward, his body was swiftly buried at sea. Trial by jury was never an option.

What happens next? Does this change anything? For 10 years, Bin Laden was the primary face for terror. Hitler may have been the only figure in history who was hated more.

Hopefully, this will help bring some closure to the friends and families of those who were murdered on 9/11. I can only imagine the anger and sorrow these people have suffered while the search for some sense of justice has gone on for nearly 10 years.

I would hazard to guess that Obama all but virtually guaranteed his re-election in 2012. After all, Bin Laden was found and killed under his watch. 0bama would be crazy not to take full credit, much like Reagan did for ending the hostage crisis in Iran over 30 years ago.

I would think that our relationship with Pakistan is further strained; Bin Laden’s compound was discovered only half a mile from a Pakistani military academy. Either Pakistani intelligence is incompetent, or their government was complicit with Al-Qaeda all along! Either way, they are still not to be trusted.

Nothing will change abroad or here at home. Americans will cheer and thump our chests for a few weeks, but liberty stripping measures under the guise of homeland security will still be in effect.

Furthermore, Muslims will still fall under a suspicious eye, and continue to be feared or hated because of their beliefs and color of their skin.

Meanwhile, our military will keep on keeping on; just because Bin Laden is dead doesn’t mean that Al-Qaida is. In fact, I would bet that Bin Laden’s successor is already in place, and plotting revenge.

Am I bemoaning his death? No, not by a long shot. He was responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people, he deserved what he got. I’m just, well, I kind of feel like I do when I finish an exciting action movie or book.

I think that I’m happy that justice was served, but left with the question of now what?

Is this a time of celebration? I’m not really sure. His death doesn’t really change anything. It doesn’t end terrorism, it doesn’t bring anyone back from the dead. Justice can be a bittersweet fruit to eat from in cases like this.

Instead of celebrating Bin Laden’s death, maybe we should be consoling the countless numbers of people who his actions affected. They have waited 10 years for vengeance, a vengeance that looked like it may never come. While they may appear to be happy and relieved, old wounds that may have never healed must be torn wide open. Today, more than ever, they need our thoughts and prayers.

Terrorism is still alive and well, as is fear and suspicion. Millions are still affected, not only by the actions of Al-Qaeda, but ours as well.

Bin Laden is dead, the evil created by fear and hatred of each other is not.

So now what?

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  1. May 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Funny thing is Bush probably needed Osama to be alive to get reelected. It seems Obama needed him dead. Now there is a conspiracy. 😉


  1. May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am
  2. May 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

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