Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Osama Bin Laden's body

It was wonderful news to hear that the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was discovered on Sunday but a little disconcerting to hear that he had been killed and 'buried at sea' rather than brought to justice. But the more I thought about it the more sense it all made.
What if he had surrendered and was brought back to the U.S. alive to face justice? Then we would have had to deal with the spectacle Slobodan Milosavic gave us in The Hague but multiplied by a thousand. Plus we would have had an excuse for hundreds of hostages taken in exchange for him or terrorist attacks performed in his name.
Why didn't we keep his body? Clearly we didn't want a burial plot for him that could become a gathering point for his followers; the same philosophy we used with Hitler's body.
Then we washed his body and wrapped it in a white sheet to comply with Muslim traditions. That should satisfy the mainstream Muslims. Burying him at sea was clearly not within their traditions but it solves the problem described in the paragraph above. They even said a prayer over him which was translated into Arabic. I wonder what was said.

But now we have the conspiracy theorists to deal with who will claim he was never discovered, never killed and/or wasn't even him. People will see him walking around with Elvis in the next few years.
At least I got a picture of the virgins awaiting him in paradise:
Now we are supposed to be concerned about heightened threats of terrorist attacks in retaliation for his death. Really? Do you suppose there were terrorists who had plans for attacks and were holding off these plans for some reason, but decided to conduct the attacks now because they lost their leader? I predict the opposite: terrorists who had plans, deciding to forget about it since their leader is gone now.

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