I didn’t get the news about his death until late last night. Just finished playing a couple of hours of Borderlands. I got on my computer to check Facebook, email and the news. I normally go to my favorite political forum to see if anything new has posted. I saw the post that Osama Bin Laden is dead. I thought that can not be true, so I went to the Drudge Report and confirmed it.
I was only starting my senior year at high school when 9/11 attacks happen. It was a very shocking and scary day for me. Now going on ten years with the war on terrorism. Osama Bin Laden became a legend during that time. Bush sent troops to two wars. We went through two presidents at the time. The collapse of the American economy and the American dream. We almost forgot about him during those ten years. That all ended last night.
At first I was extremely happy of this news. We got the man who led and financed a mission that killed 3,000 Americans. For once America has gotten justice. I told my wife about the news and she was happy and we both went to the living room to watch the news. We saw that the whole United States is happy. There were joyous crowds outside the White House and at Ground Zero. Those crowds remind me of photos of VE-Day and VJ-Day at the end of WWII.
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
I saw a clip on MSNBC of a reporting talking to college age girls and the girls acted like this was a New Years Eve party. She was happy, dancing, and it seemed liked she was hoping there was some alcohol around. That scene told me something about these people. They are extremely happy for a death of a human being.
For some of you who many not know me as well. I support the Buddhist philosophy. That philosophy states that killing another sentient being is wrong. This should sad day or a day not to be sad or happy. We killed a man to try to end our hatred of a man who did a bad thing. Supporting the death and being happy hurts my karma and our national karma. There is no such thing as an evil person. We killed a guy who may change for the better. Now it’s too late.
Will the death of this man will end the war? Will this death will make us happy in the long run? The answer for both of these questions will be no. Osama Bin Laden’s death will not end the war. There are many others out there who follow the teachings of Osama Bin Laden who will continue to follow his teachers and kill more people. His death is only a temporary happiness. We Americans have short-term memory. We will be happy for a week or more and forget about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Another attack or another sad and anger full event will happen in our future.
“I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.”
~~ Ernesto “Che” Guevara, d. October 9, 1967
Che supposedly said that too his assassin before this death during his capture by Bolivia security forces. What did Che meant when he said this? He will die, but the message of communism will never end. Osama Bin Laden is dead, but his idea of an pan-Islamic state still lives on with his followers. People will always be replaceable.
With the onset of his death one or more people will replace him and take the lead. The leading contender to be the figure-head of al-Qaeda will be Ayman al-Zawahiri. al-Zawahiri has always been the brains of the terrorist organization. He does not have the charisma as Osama Bin Laden, but he has the brains to conduct extreme missions to cause terror to the west.
One thing about al-Qaeda that it is not a structured organization. al-Qaeda is more like the hacker group anonymous. Each cell of al-Qaeda plans, funds, and conducts the attacks, so by killing the idea that killing Osama will stop al-Qaeda. This is what makes al-Qaeda so dangerous. It’s a hydra that can not be killed.
“A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.”
~~ Frederick Douglas
Now with the death of Osama Bin Laden is in our past. What about our future? Well we have completed our mission with Operation Enduring Freedom. We kick out the Taliban and al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan, we killed or captured more of al-Qaeda’s lesser leadership, and we killed the main prise Osama Bin Laden. The best thing to do now is for us to leave. Mission accomplished and time to go home. Yet, I am being very too optimistic. We will be still in Afghanistan almost forever like East Asia and Europe.
Afghanistan is still mostly ruled by tribal elders and not by central government. Taliban are still there fighting against us. Those are good reasons to stay and finish what we started, but those are only temporary. So why are we going to stay there for very long time? It is because Afghanistan is a key state that borders next too Iran. According to the United States, Iran is one of our biggest enemies. If something does happen for us to go into Iran. The United Stats has two ways to enter Iran through land. Afghanistan is important for a good political power base for the US. Afghanistan is a land locked nation that is surrounded by six states and it includes the big three Iran, China, and Pakistan. Last year Popular Science reported that Afghanistan is a rare Earth mineral gold mine worth over a trillion dollars. That news clear points why the United States is going to stay in Afghanistan for a every long time.
I really hope that we do leave and send our troops home. It started when I was a senior at high school and I really hope that US troops are not there when my kid starts high school. I hope people who the American people will give up there hate and thrust of revenge so we don’t keep on fighting a perpetual war. I want to see compassion in everyone so no one would have to kill anyone. This will help America to stop creating so many wars just to stop a few people who will cause the deaths of thousands more.
Remember 73,530 – 1,173,600 people suffered (injured or killed) just to get or kill one guy and his message.