Like any normal, sentient human being, I revel in Osama bin Laden’s demise and frankly, I’m glad it happened with a US military regulation bullet in his head. It took just about ten long years but true to his word, Bush said we’d track these bastards down and make them pay. And with every arrest of key al Qaeda personnel, we got closer to the big Kahuna, who was living behind a fortress of sorts…a very heavily fortified mansion in Pakistan.
It was handled with surgical precision, from what we hear. Blackhawk helicopters carried roughly two dozen troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, into bin Laden’s compound slash hideout. It’s my understanding the attack lasted less than 40 minutes. Bin Laden was shot in the head but after firing back. As did his bodyguards. .
When the smoke had cleared, three men were also killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden’s sons, whose name has so far, been withheld. We know that at least one of his sons, and remember, he has a whole assload of progeny– is a senior member of al-Qaeda . We’ve also learned that one woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant. Can you belive that? These people are animals…no regard for human life, and women and Americans are the lowest rung on their ladder of respect. Two other women were injured.
I’ve been trying to learn if any of his surviving henchmen and bodyguards who survived the onslaught were arrested, which to be honest, I doubt if ‘custody’ was ever a consideration. I’m no military strategist…hell, I’ve never even played “Battleship” or “Stratego”, but I would think it made more sense across the board to kill bin Laden. I mean think about it–a trial would have been a HUGE cost. And where would they have it? He’s killed people all over the globe. And think of the security that would have incurred??? Not to mention retaliatory al Qaeda attacks or attempts to rescue him, which would have been sheer folly in America, but we’re not dealing with logical men here, are we?
Still, that’s my concern: retaliation. While I was happy to learn bin Laden had been killed, the joy was soon replaced by the realization that this means we’ve poked a stick at the hive. I get the feeling that anyone who shares the same radical belief, whether they’re a member of the Taliban, al Qaeda or just some sympathizer with an explosive shoe fetish like Richard Reid, there will be revenge. The question though hovers around al Qaeda’s coffers. How full are they? And with Daddy al Warbucks dead and gone, where will money come from in the future? Good revenge, the kind that makes an a real impact statement, ain’t cheap and I do belive the US lead the way in freezing as much of bin Laden’s income as possible after 9/11, but who knows how much he had squirreled away.
I don’t know. It’s a heavy feeling I have. I think we need to be as vigilant as ever before. I just can’t see these guys standing down and thinking in the most aw shucks sort of way,”Damn, they found him! Now what????”
They believe in that eye for an eye stuff.
A few days after 9/11 occurred , President Bush came to Ground Zero and stood atop the pile with a bullhorn, a beleaguered NYC fireman under his arm, he began to address the rescue workers.
Rescue Worker: I can’t hear you!
President Bush: I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!
I remember how profound I felt that statement was.
And still is.
I remember thinking in order to “get the people who did this” to hear us effectively was going to take drastic measures. None of this imposing economic sanctions crap. No refusing to participating in Olympics in some lame attempt to prove a point. No, nothing like that. This was going to require bloodshed.
I immediately thought of Sean Connery’s line (as Officer Mallone) to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in the movie, “The Untouchables”.
Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything and everything in my power.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way because they’re not gonna give up the fight until one of you is dead.
Ness: How do you do it then?
Malone: You wanna know how you do it? Here’s how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.
That’s the Chicago way.
And now, I’d like to believe that’s the American Way, from this point on.
Osama bin Laden’s body was taken aboard a unamed US Navy vessel and buried at sea, in strict accordance to Islamic Law, within 24 hours of death. A maritime burial seems fitting. This way, his body can’t be exhumed and publicly martyred on some ghoulish fashion; his gravesite can’t be turned into some memorial or a shrine to Jihad.
No, he’s fish food now. It’s the end of the road for this brazen mass murderer, but sadly, tragically, hardly the end of terrorism, the savage institution he lived and died for.
That said, I feel strongtly that we, as a country, can rejoice in bin Laden’s death, but in moderation. Because of the imminence of reprisals, I fear that we can rest on our laurels ONLY long enough for the time it takes …to lock and load. md