So, Osama bin Laden is dead.
The news came through late Sunday night, in a 10:30 EST announcement by the President that had a lot of us nervous (before we found out what it was all about). I mean, 10:30 at night isn’t exactly a typical time for the President to go speaking on national television, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Nuclear threat? Impending asteroid impact? Malia is betrothed to Prince Harry? All of these scenarios (plus a few others) crossed my mind before I thought about Osama bin Laden. Let’s face it, the guy was kind of like a bearded, stinky, male, super violent version of Carmen San Diego at this point. I wasn’t exactly expecting him to get knocked off at this late stage of the game.
So, as stated before – OBL is 86’d. Cue the naysayers, the skeptics, and the religious hysteria.
You know, I wish I could take credit for the quote, but alas, I’m just not as cool as Mark Twain. But he won’t said “I never wished a man dead. But I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I find that a pretty appropriate sentiment for a time like this. But apparently that makes me a terrible, hateful, awful person – at least, according to some.
I’m not sure if folks remember what 9/11 was like, or if they’re just so wrapped up in their own analysis and pronouncement of the world at large that they have lost the power for at least a semi-insightful retrospective.
Let me break it down for those of you who need the refresher:
3,000+ people died that day.
Thousands of families were directly affected.
An entire nation was in complete turmoil after taking a cheap shot from an extremist terrorist organization.
The way we live was drastically and irreparably changed.
A war (or two) resulted.
Does that about cover it? Granted, I could go into much greater detail, but why? I don’t want to relive it anymore than I want to suffer through the tedious and self-righteous biblical scripture quotation that has been so rampant (and often time, so completely taken out of any logical context) over the last few days.
I don’t know where Osama bin Laden is right now, and to be honest, only a very minor, miniscule part of me really gives a crap. I’m over that douchebag, you could say. I read yesterday where someone lamented the fact that (they assumed) OBL was in hell. I actually laughed out loud. The arrogance of it hit me in the face full-force. Christians, I have a question for you – who the heck told us we were qualified to determine who goes to Heaven, who goes to Hell? Do we not have enough to worry about in this world, with our own souls, without having to go projecting our beliefs onto every person we’ve ever met or known of? I just don’t get it. I don’t know where the guy is, and I won’t speculate.
Now, I fully “get” that some folks are deeply bothered by the idea that such a horrible, violent, frightening, vicious person could have just as good a chance of getting into Heaven as anyone else, but folks – better just face the truth. And that is that we are all sinners. We are all imperfect. In the Bible, it is made pretty clear that sin is sin, and that God doesn’t split hairs over it. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t sit and harp about any number of “issues” that other people raise heck over. I’m still trying to get the plank out of my own eye over here, friends.
But anyhow, that’s my $0.02 on the whole thing. Oh, and I really hope and pray that they won’t release any “death photos” of him. I understand that it would give a lot of Americans sitting home, comfortable and warm and safe, a sense of security from a very real threat. But for soldiers and contractors overseas who are actually directly in the line of fire of Al Qaeda, it would only increase the threat to their safety. We can’t be selfish towards them – their families deserve the peace of mind of knowing that gas hasn’t been poured on that fire, figuratively speaking. So, I hope they won’t release photos. Conspiracy theorists will just nitpick those, anyway.