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Bin Laden was Indeed Foul - But America was NEVER His Home

Reader comment on item: Thoughts on the Killing of Osama bin Laden
in response to reader comment: Chicken coming home to roost

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 3, 2011 at 19:18

Actually, some of this previous post has points well taken.

First, only the American Government had a stake in the capture/death of bin Laden. While he was implicated and determined probably responsible for so many other crimes against humanity around the world, his most graphic strike against the thing he hated the most has to be the scars he left in America. Though many contend that the relevance of bin Laden over the years had diminished, his legacy of what happened in America has in no way been muted, not even as we wonder at his demise.

As noted elsewhere, this matter of the capture/death of bin Laden was not so much a circumstance of bringing him to American style jurisprudence, but of bringing him to a place of accounting. Knowing that he was wanted for the crimes, he could have surrendered. He had nearly ten years for the September 11, 2001 attacks (and longer for other crimes committed to further his agenda) to try repentance.

As for its being hush, hush: if in fact it was inside a secured Pakistani location, what would the assignment have needed to prevent any further collateral damage? It was not like an American soldier pulling him out of a rathole under some rocks.

As for coming home to roost, this was not a situation of trying to rein in some former regimist of a questionable alliance. On the contrary, if anything, the regime that helped bin Laden remain sequestered out of sight and out of mind for so long would have to be the agency that has questionable contacts with the United States. To that end, your surmising about the political implications as to why the previous administration could not get this done instead of this one is truer to the mark than might be otherwise supposed. The jury is still out on that one.

And while the opinion that the oriental wars conducted before western influences came into Asian lands did not produce the catastrophic causalities as supposed in the previous post, it seems evident by certain Muslims' proclamation that it is a situation that fundamentalist Islamists everywhere are intent on correcting.


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