Monday, May 02, 2011

A Painful News Day

Blogger Adam has a heartfelt explanation as to why the assassination of a notorious terrorist, an event that has an air of inevitability around it, might not be a cause to celebrate. Well put, Adam.

Accounts that are coming out (note: released by our government) have Osama Bin Laden firing on the soldiers who broke into his house. If true, it is hardly surprising they killed him. Either way, I don't believe it was really a "capture or kill" mission. Obama was not going to take this man alive. During the 2008 campaign, at a debate with John McCain, he called for killing Osama Bin Laden even if it meant crossing into Pakistan. This was an assassination squad, and Bin Laden would be dead whatever he did.

The emotions I feel about the event are complex, as they are for Adam, and my friend Lori. Nathan's reaction is here.

And, violence is also truth. An analogy that comes to mind is of a police officer who must kill or disable a violent suspect. Is it glamorous? Is it glory? Is it an occasion for high fives, as if one had scored a difficult soccer goal?

This world seethes with hatred, lust, and delusion. Violent men often come to a violent end, and so it was with Osama Bin Laden. This may have been the inevitable end for him. I feel no obligation to pretend it is a happy ending.


Adam said...

Thanks for the mention.

I doubt they would want to risk the (however remote) possibility of Bin Laden escaping, so orders were probably just shoot to kill. Considering the risk of the mission, this was the most logical call.

Your police analogy is spot on. I've met one officer that had to draw and fire his weapon. There was no celebration in his voice or retelling of the story. It was more of a "necessary evil" in his mind, something he'd rather not ever have to do again.

Nathan said...

I figured that if our military ever had a chance at him, Bin Laden was a goner.

And now, I suppose we go back to our regularly scheduled warfare, already in progress.

Pam said...

It was a shoot to kill mission. I believe I heard that he was said to have those around him ordered to kill him before Americans could capture him.

It's a victory, of sorts, but the war, the terror lives on. The real time to rejoice is when all of our troops are safe at home again. who even knows when that will be. Not a question, sadly.

Debby said...

This has been bothering me a lot. That uneasy feeling that we get when we watch them dancing in the streets and chanting anti-American propaganda? I just can't believe that it is any more honorable for us to behave that way. Today in church, a mother spoke of her son in Afghanistan, and how worried she was for his safety in the wake of the celebrations. We must ALL agree to stop throwing gasoline on this fire. And I am willing to be the first to put my gas can away.