Was The Killing of Bin Laden in Cold Blood? Would it Matter?
Pakistani security investigators are claiming that the killing of Osama Bin Laden, his aides, and his son was “cold blooded.” These officials who investigated after the raid allege that no one within the compound fired a shot because they were unarmed.
On this, I claim bullshit. At the least, Pakistani intelligence looks incompetent for allowing Bin Laden to hide in Pakistan right under their noses, in a Colonel Klink state of obliviousness . At worst, they were complicit with Bin Laden and protected him. Either way, they are working overtime to cover their collective asses.
However, the question is raised: what if the killing during the raid was in cold blood? What if no fight was given? Does this change anything?
Bin-Laden is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents; his actions have changed the course of several countries, most noticeably ours.
Let’s not bullshit ourselves. A Geneva convention mandated trial was never and option. For almost 13 years, Osama was a dead man walking. No less than 3 Presidents vowed publicly to make that happen.
I am morally opposed to capital punishment. I feel that killing for any reason undermines our basic humanity. However, I find myself in a moral grey area in this instance. Sometimes, a person comes along who is so evil, that our only recourse is to put that person down like a rabid animal. Bin-Laden would be one of those people.
Yet, I still struggle with the fact that there may be the slightest chance Bin-Laden and his aides may have been killed without ever putting up a fight. How does one deal with the murder of a murderer?
I’ll tell you how: Dismiss the claims of Pakistani intelligence as a game of political CYA. Keep thinking that Bin Laden and company went down with guns a blazing. Remember where you were, and your reaction to the horrors of 9-11. Think about all those families who were left without fathers and mothers,brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.
That’s what I plan on doing. Otherwise I think that my very soul would be torn apart via a moral game of tug-o-war within me, if it was a stone cold assassination.
Osama is dead and sleeping with the fishes. Justice is ours. I think I am happy to leave it at that, and not look any deeper.
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- Bin Laden ‘in house five years’ (bbc.co.uk)
- 10 Things More Difficult Than Finding Osama Bin Laden (ittybittywitty.wordpress.com)
- Bin Laden guards killed unarmed (rt.com)
- Osama bin Laden – Blackout during the killing. Was the reason for the killing because Osama knew too much and was about to come out from hiding? (txlady706.wordpress.com)
- Pakistan Address Questions About Bin Laden Raid (npr.org)
- Osama Bin Laden is Really Dead? (socyberty.com)
- Leon Panetta: For 20 Minute Period, No Information Was Coming From The Bin Laden Raid (businessinsider.com)