Celebrating the Demise of Justice

Back from a Yahoo Contributor Network-caused delay. Thanks for changing the rules in the middle of the game Yahoo…

I am a passionate and emotional person. It’s just a plain reality and the result of how I was raised. I’m not unhappy about it – passion is grossly misunderstood by most people. And when I heard about the attacks on September 11th, 2001 and saw the people jumping for their lives, heard the screams, saw the horror of that day; I cried. I still cry when I think about that day.

But my tears have not been ebbed by the death of Osama Bin Laden. Here I must part ways with the attitudes of nearly all Americans, if what I have witnessed in the past two days is any indication of the near-universal attitude about the events of Sunday May 1st. Osama Bin Laden was murdered, and his death and celebration thereof is the most unamerican thing I have witnessed in a long, long time.

America was a once nation that could proudly boast of its freedoms. It was a nation where we were so free, that our freedoms include burning our own flag. And justice was something this nation could once be quite proud of.

But justice was not served in Pakistan this week when a sick Saudi man was murdered. There was no trial. There was no presentation of evidence. There was only assumption of guilt by nearly all Americans, despite the only proof against Bin Laden being a questionable video which has yet to be confirmed, and the “confession” of a man tortured almost 200 times.

Torture is something most Americans have never experienced, but believe it or not, I have. As an 8 year old child, I was accused of sneaking into the cookies. My step mother confronted me while I was brushing my teeth. I denied of course – I never did sneak into the cookes, not even in the face of the inevitable “Mike did it again” nonsense. The response to the denial was a slap upside the head. I was asked again and again, six times, and denied it each time. My step mother even had “proof” that I was lying, as she observed my lips “turning white.” Nevermind the fact that in the face of violence or other danger, it is a natural response of the human body to draw all the blood to the center of the body as the cause, rather than lying, as was accused.

After the seventh time of being smacked for saying “no,” I decided to try something different. I told my step mother what she wanted to hear. I was hit so hard I fell into the tub, then was punished (as if that wasn’t enough already) by being forced to eat two bags of chocolate chips, even after I threw up in them (sorry if that’s gross, but this is a serious topic here, deal with it).

The point is, torture works. If you’re being “drowned” 200 times, wouldn’t you eventually just give up, even if for no other reason than to break the monotony?

I’m sorry folks, but there is no proof, there is no evidence. And in fact, there is quite a body of evidence to suggest that the attacks were an inside job. So in the mind of conspiracy theorists, and people just plain interested in the truth, the death of Osama Bin Laden was the only possible outcome.

So please consider this fact before you put a sign on your hotel, or on the back of your truck, or before you go publicly celebrating the death of a human being. A man was murdered. He was probably a bad man, and probably deserved to die, but justice didn’t have to die with him, nor did the answers to what really happened on 9/11/01.

And more importantly, please consider how citizens of the rest of the world think of Americans celebrating the death of a man who was not even given the benefit of a concocted military tribunal, much less a formal trial. I firmly believe that Osama Bin Laden was a bad person. But celebrating his death is something I could never consider. It does nothing for the nearly 3,000 people who died that day in 2001.

America is supposed to be better than this. We are supposed to be a shining example of justice. But the reactions, the sensationalism, the blatant celebrations of the death of another human being only serve to make us as bad, if not worse, than those who would seek to attack this nation and kill her citizens. And worse, all it does is justify the anger of those people. The death of Bin Laden will only serve to encourage further attacks. We should have captured him alive (I hear now he was unarmed) and brought him to justice. Such a noble act, of giving even a dispicable man like Bin Laden the same justice every American citizen is due, would have garnered universal respect for America, even by those who despise this once great nation.

My hope is, and shall remain, that Americans can be the better party in this war on terror and that America and her people can once again earn the respect and admiration of people all across the globe.