The moral second-guessing about the assassination of Osama Bin Laden is well, freaking embarrassing if you ask me. I mean, what did people think we were trying to do? Just go into Afghanistan and trash the joint like the Alpha Beta’s crashing the Nerd’s party? American troops assassinated hundreds if not thousands of militants, yet all of a sudden a large voice rises up from the shadows and shouts that we should not have assassinated Bin Laden.
Who let that idiot in here? Bouncers!!
Accept it. We bought the hat and threw away the receipt. We’re stuck with it now, like it or not. If we wanted to call off the dogs then perhaps a little bit of tardiness on our part would have been appropriate.
Clearly I’m confused. Did we suddenly grow a conscience, or did our testicles merely shrivel up from a testosterone overdose? I imagine that Sun Tsu must be rolling in his grave so fast that they should use him to light up the Vegas strip.
I have a story. When I was a kid I pulled this crap too. Someone once kicked my ass pretty good and I swore I would one day rise up and take my place as a redeemed man…standing over my enemy with my boot to his neck. And after being trained by a hermit janitor with an obsession for bonsai trees, I defeated my enemy in the All-Valley Karate Championship.
OK, that last part is made up. I never did enact revenge because he instead died being hit by a train. So it’s not like I can even take any pleasure in his fate without feeling like a complete dork. Aaargh, the conflict!!!
My point? I’m not sure, but I think it was supposed to be along the lines of revenge being somewhat of an anti-climatic experience. It’s never what the movies portray: a daring underdog strapping his enemy to a rocket and sending him to his doom while uttering catch-phrases like “Well that hit de spot!”, and walking off to make passionate and crazy monkey love to the heroine.
There’s two responses to this whole Bin Laden situation. And I need to measure my words against my worldview from one of Christian faith. It is morally right to kill in battle? I say ‘yes’, but all too many are saying ‘no’ on the grounds that it apparently “makes us no better than them”. Odd, I wasn’t aware this was an exercise in self-improvement.
Really, this whole thing is far more complex than I can sometimes wrap my head around. America kills Osama because of 9/11. But 9/11 is the result of American foreign policy. But American policy in many ways has aided those in the past like say for example, the surviving Jews of WWII. Yada Yada Yada... It’s a skipping record that goes back to the First Act. A never ending cycle of violence.
And it’s not confined to America. It’s history. All of it. Right down to me and you in this very moment.
Osama Bin Laden sealed his fate the second he decided to take credit for 9/11. He eagerly volunteered to enter into the cycle of violence and goaded his countrymen to follow his misguided example. In the end he lived by the sword and died by the hollow-point slug. His death was neither right nor wrong, but merely the natural result of the poor decisions he made in life. It was inevitable. We can no more say Osama’s death is wrong than it is to say it’s wrong for the sky to be blue. Even a cursory reading of the Law of God shows that it is practically ordained for those who follow the paths of violence.
Bin Laden got his due. Now we need to be mindful that we don’t cross the line and in turn receive similar justice for our own actions.
It’s a lesson for us all. Choose your path wisely.
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