Commentary I have never thought that day will come when America catches the most wanted Terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Like probably a lot of other people I was surprised by the news on May 2nd that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Seals.
Not in my deepest hidden mind have I imagined that Osama Bin Laden will be killed in a gun fire. I have always thought if there was a chance of getting this guy alive he would have his day in court and would be humiliated by handcuffs and prison gates for the whole world to see.
Killing the guy in a gun fire might make him look more like a winner Charlie Sheen style. His followers will see him as some sort of martyr.
But to my astonishment not only did the U.S. report that Osama Bin Laden have been captured and killed people took the joy of a dead man to the streets, shouting and parading all over town and singing the National Anthem like it was a song in the pup. I totally get the victory feeling since this man is responsible for 3000 death in this country and our hate and disgust laid on this man for the last ten years.
But I thought the joy of someone being just killed was a bit much and I totally agree with President Obama not to release the picture of a dead Osama Bin Laden like he is some sort of trophy in wake of all the cheers.
The most odd feelings I experienced was when Karl Rove mentioned on Fox News the courage and professionalism of our troops while behind him was a video clip playing of an old Osama Bin Laden exploring some rocky terrain with a stick which almost appeared like a cane.
Osama Bin Laden seemed like an old guy vs our highly trained troops.
When I took my little one to the doctor I was relieved to see that I am not the only one being a little taken aback by all the display of joy and revenge. While videos from shouting College students were playing on CNN news I told the receptionist that I am glad they got him. She shrugged her shoulder saying: ” I am not one to wish death on people” making it clear to me that she doesn’t understand the joy of revenge either.
Feeling a little bit out of place I am glad that the media is catching on too and a lot of outlets are now caution people not to feed in to the joy of revenge because in the end it doesn’t really accomplish a lot of things and only deepens the differences we might have with each other.
As I said earlier I always hoped that Osama Bin Laden would have his day in court and maybe a public humiliation would have caused some joy in me. However I am incredible proud of our troops for a successful mission and I think President Obama ordered the right military action by allowing U.S. Seals to go in the compound and get the guy instead of causing causalities among civilians and attempts from people to lie about Osama Bin Laden’s demise.
http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/osama-bin-laden/darf-man-sich-ueber-den-tod-eines-menschen-freuen-17731544.bild.html (In German)