I’m a bit ambivalent about writing this entry. But it’s been bouncing around in my head all day, so…
I’m more that a bit concerned about the celebratory aspect associated with the death of Osama bin Laden. I saw something on the interweb saying that it was the perfect end to the perfect weekend – the fairytale wedding followed by the death of the bad guy. That jars with me.
Now I know that Osama bin Laden was responsible for many evil acts – acts that were callous, cowardly and designed to strike terror into the hearts of many people. So I don’t feel any sympathy for him. But nor do I want to rejoice in his death – for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I’m concerned about what has become/is becoming of our humanity. I remember my sense of revulsion at the celebrations in the Middle East after the 9/11 atrocities. Why is this any different?
Secondly, I’m concerned about how the so-called ‘Muslim world’ will view our ‘Western/Christian’ reaction. Will one death lead to more radicalisation, more terror, more death and mayhem? I suspect that his death will be portrayed, by those who wish to perpetuate violence, as the death of a martyr.
Finally, I’m concerned that we may have removed the head of a terrorist movement, but I’m not clear what we have done – if anything – to deal with the underlying issues. Bin Laden and his associates were able to appeal to a particular group of Muslims, to encourage them to plan and execute outrageous acts of terror, over a period of many years. Has anything really changed?