Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama bin laden


My Dad was in the Army, he is now retired. Growing up with my Dad in the forces was hard. Not only personal challenges of travelling from school to school, house to house, but I always lived with the fear that one day he would have to go off to war. Thankfully, my Dad didn't have to go off to war as such, but that's another story.

I thought I would take a moment to weigh in on the discussion about Bin Ladens death and share my thoughts.

It was a public holiday here in Queensland. We had the TV on the kids channel whilst my Husband and I got on with the housework. Once the kids were in bed and it was time for us to put our feet up and have some lunch and watch TV, the news was all over the TV. Every single Channel {besides the kids channel}. We just looked at each other, dumbfounded. Wow Osama bin laden is really dead. They got him was the looks on our face. Then BAM! Just like that it hit me and I could see it hit Adam too. That sick feeling as we watched the footage of the Americans celebrating in the street.

Yes I believe its a good thing that this horrible man is now not alive and not in charge of Al-QaedaIt's left the world with one less evil person but there are hundreds if not thousands more like him.

For me I feel his death is a cause for concern.  I think we can all be 99% sure his death will be avenged only on a much larger scale. {We would be stupid to think that there wasn't a plan in place if he was ever killed}. More so now that pictures of the public in USA have been splashed all over the news celebrating a death like it's the greatest thing in the world. Why not just poke a bear with a pointy stick? A little bit of dignity goes a long way. The behaviour that's been on the news would be vilified if for example it was a bunch of "terrorists" celebrating the loss of lives after 9/11. Remember we often create our enemies by our behaviour.

Then there is the whole conspiracy theory about whether he really is dead. And the USA looking at releasing a photo as proof...

What's next for the world?

I do hope that this means the end of Al-Qaeda and we can all move past this and begin to all live in this world as harmonious as possible.


Amy said...

I totally agree with all your thoughts. Your reaction was exactly the same as mine.


Mel said...

Ditto and ditto! I have been appalled at the news coverage of celebrations around the world. Do they not see that this will provoke retaliation?! Hopefully Australia hasn't been protrayed to the world in such a fashion as I would hate to be a target of a relatiation attack.

And I have to say, I am with the conspiracy theorists on this one - is it not a little convenient that the footage we have been shown does not have Osama in them at all? And that the body was buiried at sea within 24hrs of his death as per Muslim custom? The USA have never shown any consideration for their customs, so why now? The whole thing screams political coverup and grand-standing with an election on the horizon.

Hoola Tallulah said...

I watched the street celebrations with the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I agree it is poking a stick at an angry bear, very foolish indeed.
The whole debacle reminded me of this quote.
"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Martin Luther King

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