Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden's Death

Osama Bin Laden's been killed, and America is rejoicing. For some, this constitutes some kind of "closure" for the losses we endured on 9/11. And I suppose that might be valid if it weren't so hypocritical. Closure for killings through killings? My thoughts on the murder of Bin Laden are much the same as my thoughts were when we found out that Saddam would be hung. Back then, I wrote:

So, Saddam's gonna play Hang 'em High. Sweet. I love archaic forms of public execution. We should have them more often.

The news that Saddam is going to be hung is I guess a relief to many. Many people, even--and perhaps especially--those who claim to be Christian, believe that taking a man's life away is a justifiable alternative to life imprisonment. Charming. I see Hammurabi's legacy lives on. I've never really understood why it's the Christians who think that it's okay to kill people who have committed crimes. I'm pretty sure that's not what Jesus preached. In fact, didn't he say something about turning the other cheek? That may be a little extreme, but somewhere the whole "You shall not murder" thing seems to have been lost.

This is all neither here nor there. The international community wouldn't have to answer to Christian morality, even if Christians did a decent job of following the teachings of Christ. I don't know about international law, but I'm guesing that Christianity probably isn't the official international religion anyways. Disregarding my moral hangups on the topic, hanging Saddam Hussein is a bad idea. The fire and brimstone pundits say that Saddam's death will be a morale-booster for the people of Iraq, and I suppose that might be true to a certain extent. But it's a ridiculously shallow generalization of the situation. In 2003, the "coalition of the willing" (you forgot Poland) was supposed to arrive in Iraq and liberate the people, who would pick up guns and join in the fight. What the pundits neglected to mention was that a disturbing number of Iraqi citizens would pick up guns and start shooting at the liberation task force. So while some vengeful bastards will have a boost in morale, I'm expecting there to be an outcry against Saddam's execution as well. And making a martyr out of Saddam Hussein is only slightly worse than masturbating with sandpaper.

By the way, Saddam Hussein is an anagram for "Mad anus hissed." Coincidence? I think not.

So while many are rejoicing, I'm not. While I don't condone anything Bin Laden did in his quest for a pan-Islamic world, I don't condone killing the man, either. Not a very popular sentiment these days, I should think. But at least I have a clear conscience.

1 comment:

  1. I had similar thoughts on his death as well. What we forget is that this man was at one time a hero for taking on America's former enemy, The Soviet Union.

    It's sad, but 60 minutes did a great segment on him, and it had us cheering.

    Then 20 years later the man becomes an enemy of the people who supported his fight, down and dirty, with the American paranoid delusion, called the soviets.

    What a crazy way to live. Oh, and I'm the one that's nuts because I'm bi-polar...not!
    Laura Hart