The National Counterterrorism Center in Rosslyn, Virginia coordinated the attack by a group of Navy Seals which led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Seals team shot “the mastermind of evil”. At this time there are conflicting accounts of how Osama bin Laden died.
Osama bin Laden was transported to the USS Carl Vinson. He was buried in the North Arabian Sea. US Officials stated the burial was according to Islamic traditions. However, there are those in the Muslim community who believe strict Islamic customs were not followed in this quick burial at sea. They have questions and doubts.
As a number of people have said, a burial at sea does not create a shrine for the most wanted man in the world. Like it or not, the Obama Administration has shown itself capable of hunting down a “terrorist” and carrying out an execution. No arrest. No court of appeal. No judge and jury. Just a simple sentence of death.
It is of note that the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 1 was 66 years to the day that the world learned that Adolph Hitler was dead. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Since September 11, 2001 a number of men, women and children have died. A number of people have been injured and maimed.
The death of Osama bin Laden brings one bloody chapter to an end. Unfortunately, this does not bring an end to the sectarian violence or a major change in Western foreign policy toward the Middle East.
Terror will end on this planet traversing the cosmos when the people want it to end. Governments and their policies as well as sectarian conflicts are the cause of much of the trouble and unrest in the world.
It is the people who will eventually bring an end to the bloodshed. May that day be soon.
A special note: the code name for Osama bin Laden used in this operation was “Geronimo”. Geronimo was a great Apache chief of the 1800s who fought both Mexican and American forces to protect his people and their lands. As history indicates, the US Army won with superior forces.
Native Americans have a rich history in North America. They suffered greatly with the arrival of the Europeans who pushed West for the lands which Native Americans viewed as a sacred trust from the Great Sprit.
Was it appropriate for the US Government to use the name of a venerable Native American leader for Osama bin Laden? Based on the roster of infamous men ( Khan, Hitler, Stalin, Pot, Tepes, etc.), why use the name of a great Native American chief who was just defending his people and land?
History will have to judge Osama bin Laden since he was not granted his day in the World Court. A trial at The Hague would have been a world event.
Conspiracy theories will abound over the details of what actually happened on May 1, 2011. It is the way of humans on this orb.
G. D. Williams © 2011
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
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