Monday, May 2, 2011

Here's the Thing

I don't really know who this is aimed towards, but I feel the need to vent.

The majority of people who found out last night or this morning about Osama bin Laden's death were overjoyed.  But, there were people who are not overjoyed.  They're not at all happy about it.  They wish the United States had let him live peacefully in his house with no electricity or phone lines.  Love, not war.    I mean come on, he's not hurting anyone, right?

Sorry, I have a huge problem with that.

Here's the thing...

I wish the United States had found him after the 1993 attack of the World Trade Center (I say 'after' because he wasn't on their radar before the attack).  I think that loved ones of the lost since would agree.

Hypothetically, if Osama were taken out after the 1993 attack, some of these things would not have happened:

November 13, 1995: A car bomb explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of a building of the Saudi National Guard where US military advisers work. Five US soldiers and two Indian nationals are killed. 
June 25, 1996: A truck bomb at a US military base in Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia, kills 19 US nationals and wounds 386. 
August 7, 1998: Near-simultaneous bomb attacks against US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam kill 224 people, most of them Africans, and injure over 5000.
October 12, 2000: A suicide attack on the destroyer USS Cole, one of the most modern ships in the United States' arsenal, kills 17 US Marines and injures 38 in the Yemeni port of Aden. 
September 11, 2001: Two hijacked US airliners crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, which burn and collapse shortly afterwards. A third hijacked plane crashes into the Pentagon outside Washington, while a fourth comes down in rural Pennsylvania. The attacks kill around 3000 people in all.
April 11, 2002: A suicide truck bombing at a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba kills 21 people, including 14 Germans.
October 12, 2002: Bombings on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali kill 202 people, many of them Australians. The attacks are carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian extremist group inspired by al-Qa'ida.
May 12, 2003: A triple suicide attack on a residential complex in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia kills 35 people, amongst them nine Americans.
May 16, 2003: Five almost simultaneous bombs explode in restaurants and hotels frequented by foreigners in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, killing more than 30 people.
November 15 and 20, 2003: A Turkish cell of al-Qa'ida sets off truck bombs at two synagogues, the British consulate and a British bank in Istanbul, killing 63 people, including the British consul, and leaving hundreds injured.
March 2, 2004: Around 180 people are killed in a series of attacks on pilgrims in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Karbala.
March 11, 2004: Four commuter trains in and around Madrid are hit by explosions that kill 191 people and injure around 2,000 during morning rush hour in an attack authorities said was inspired by al-Qa'ida.
July 7, 2005: Four British Muslim suicide bombers detonate devices on London's public transport system, killing 56 people as they destroy underground trains and a double-decker bus.
July 23, 2005: A series of suicide bombings hit the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 68 people.
November 9, 2005: Three suicide attacks on hotels in the Jordanian capital of Amman claim 60 lives.
April 24, 2006: Twenty people are killed and 90 injured as suicide bombers hit the Egyptian coastal resort of Dahab.
August 14, 2007: More than 400 people are killed when four truck bombs explode in northern Iraq in an attack US authorities link to al-Qa'ida.
December 11, 2007: Two suicide blasts in Algiers kill at least 41 people, including 18 UN staffers, three of them foreign nationals. The attacks are claimed by the Maghreb branch of Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida network.
September 17, 2008: An attack on the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, kills 16 people.
September 20, 2008: A huge explosion brings down a large section of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at least 60 people.
December 25, 2008: A Nigerian man is arrested after a failed attempt to detonate a bomb on board a flight between Amsterdam and Detroit.
November 24, 2010: A suicide car bomber kills 23 Shiites at a religious procession in Yemen, an attack linked to al-Qa'ida.

It's not outlandish to think that some of these things would have still happened.  However, it's feasible to think that some of these would never have happened, lives would have been saved.

This isn't a "hindsight's 20/20" diatribe.  I'm thinking more of the future.  How many United States citizens did Navy Seal Team 6 save on Sunday?  Scratch that.  How many lives across the world did Navy Seal Team 6 save on Sunday?  How many more attacks would bin Laden have authored?  I don't think al-Qa'ida will rest now that their leader is deceased, I believe there will be retaliation.  But, this is a huge blow to their organization.

It's sad, really, that he is going to "ROT IN HELL!" as the front page of the New York Daily News so lovingly reads.  He's not enjoying whatever number of virgins he was promised.  He's not hanging out in AllahLand, or wherever they're supposed to be going.  He never found Jesus, and that is truly sad.

Was it really a good thing that David took out Goliath?  I think so.


  1. I've been torn on how to react to the news. Of course, I'm happy that he is not able to cause harm to anyone else every again. At the same time, I've been convicted by scripture:

    "As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." Ezekiel 33:11

    "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him." - Proverbs 24:17-18

    A person is spending eternity in Hell, that's nothing to celebrate. But at the same time, so many people suffered because of him. I know, I'm thinking too much into it. :)

    Have a great day my friend!


  2. Very well said and thought-provoking I agree with you (and Rachel). I've been torn as well between celebrating what is clearly a huge victory for my country & military and sadness that another person has gone to hell. Certainly, I do not wish him eternal damnation and would have rather OBL seen the light of Christ. However, that was not the case. Justice was definitely done in his case-- his death is far more appropriate than allowing him to live in a jail cell. There were times that God demanded the Israelites kill their enemies rather than let them live, and I believe this would be a case for that. And I can't even imagine the lives that will be saved without his presence and leadership. For that, I wholeheartedly rejoice.