The Killing of Bin Laden
A fitting end?
I won't be losing much sleep over the news that Bin Laden has been killed. At worst, he may have been one of the most appalling murders of all time, or at best, a pawn in a greater conspiracy, but none-the-less a murderer..... but therein lies the problem..... we may never know just how evil he really was, because instead of being brought to justice and legitimately tried for offences against humanity, he has been gunned down....and silenced!
Some good Bible-thumping American hubber on another hub has already prayed that God will slam the gates of Heaven shut against this master criminal..... but if we are to believe the Christian faith, we will know that at least God will grant Bin Laden the justice that he was denied by mankind. The right to be fairly judged. That is because God is, apparently, the highest JUDGE..... not the highest executioner!! What the American generals, who gave the order to have Osama shot, have done is to step over the legal process, turn a blind eye to the notion that even the most rotten apple in the barrel deserves a hearing, and have carried out an execution without trial. And like it or not, that is un-American, un-constitutional and un-Christian.
You can say what you like about the fact that Bin Laden didn't give a thought to the rights of the people that he murdered, and if he was indeed the mastermind behind 9/11, then I would agree whole-heartedly that he deserves to rot in Hell, but if we are to take the moral high ground, and to stand tall for justice and humanity, then we should do better than to sink to the level of those we abhor. If America wishes to stand tall as the guardian of the free world, then it must stand on principle, and the first principal is justice.
Why was Osama Bin Laden shot dead? That's what we should all be asking ourselves, and asking the American government. Why wasn't he taken alive and brought to trial? How much greater would the victory be to see the man publicly disgraced, exposed for all his evil, proved to be the savage we believe him to be, and then sentenced to death based upon evidence?
We should question the mixed reports of his shooting. Claims and counter-claims about the circumstances in which it happened. We should question why a troop of the most advanced and highly trained servicemen were reduced to 'shoot to kill' tactics, when they should surely have had the expertise to take Bin Laden alive. If he was unarmed, as has been stated, it is inconceiveable that he HAD to be shot.
I appreciate that the whole of America, as well as the families of the 9/11 victims, NEED to see someone brought to justice for the terrible happenings of that day, but again, the emphasis should be on the word JUSTICE. I would have been happy to see him hung, drawn and quartered once he had answered his accusers and had been found guilty by a court of law. In those circumstances, the facts of the case would have been clearly brought to the surface, and rumours and conspiracy theories could have been finally put to bed.
Killing Bin Laden was not the right course of action. There are millions of people world-wide who still question the official reports of 9/11, and any commander-in-chief with an ounce of common sense should have welcomed with open arms an opportunity to silence such questions by bringing the reported architect of the crime to justice before the eyes of the world. Instead, the military have added fuel to the conspiracy theories, silencing a voice that might have spoken of evils that perhaps we wouldn't want to face.
I would be quick to point out that I am not a Bin Laden sympathiser. I would also be eager to stress my abhorrance of the 9/11 disaster, and to sympathise with every poor soul who lost a loved one on that day. But to the idiots who scream "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" I would have to point out that over 3000 pairs of eyes and over 3000 sets of teeth were lost on 9/11...... are you really happy that the two eyes and one set of dodgy teeth of Osama Bin Laden have avenged that tragedy?
Would more people have been exposed and brought to justice if Bin Laden hadn't been silenced? We will never know......... and THAT is the real tragedy of his death!