Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Well Done Mr. President
I was not dancin in the streets ecstatic, but I was pleased enough to high five and grin. As the days passed since I heard, it seems a weight has lifted off of me. The sorrow and grief from 9/11 ran deeper than I thought I guess. America got a bit of closure and a much needed boost to our morale. Suddenly we resembled our old selves again, if only for a few days.
And how was news of Bin Laden's death received in the Islamic world? At first like us, not much other than being stunned. I think the entire world was caught way off guard by the audacity and daring of a US raid into the heart of Pakistan. No immediate outrage, just muffled half hearted complaints at first from his supporters. Al Qaeda had been sucker punched.........hard. And that pleased me immensely.
What pleased me the most however, was the reaction from most of mainstream Islam. Instead of the predicted outrage, I have the distinct impression a majority of the Muslim world is happy that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Yes, he will always be a hero to the fringe lunatics who use terror to make their points. But like I always knew, the average Joe Muslim is just like me, they just want to be allowed to carry on with their lives peacefully. Like me, they hate that fringe voices have hijacked their culture and use it in all the wrong ways. Maybe now the stupid, petty hatred many Americans have for any Muslim will ease up.
And then this morning I read an article about the outrage of one of Bin Laden's sons. Why was he not captured alive and given a fair trial? His burial at sea was a purposeful slight to Islam. His wives should be released immediately. and so it went, blah, blah, blah. Omar, his son, thought that his father should have been afforded the same right to trial as Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
Dude, those guys were nasty actors for sure, but they were leaders of real countries that at least pretended to follow real laws. Your dad was a thug without a country and deserved to be shot down like a mad dog. He received much more respect than I would have given him.
Which brings me to our president. My internal polls regarding Barack Obama had been inching down these past few months as I watched him give ground to the ever increasing domestic stupidity coming at him from the Right. But his ballsy call to go through with this mission just raised him back up in my eyes. There is definitely steel in this man's backbone. It appears to be high grade spring steel.
Well done, Mr President.
And to Seal Team 6 and all the military and intelligence people involved..... Excellent job guys. Just excellent.