Sunday, May 8, 2011

Grieving for Osama Bin Laden

I was at the club celebrating my recent birthday. I see an old friend of mine and we meet, embrace and I say "Hi, how are you?" He replies "Whats up? Osama Bin Laden is dead." I actually did not respond to him at all, and went past the weird remark that this man is dead. Not until later in the night, getting a margarita beginning to be inebriated that I see the news on the club's TV's. People are rallying near the white house it appears and it is being repeated over and over that this man is dead.

I am one of those people that believe in reading between the lines of news coverage in America, never truly believing what a professor or a teacher has said to me and understanding that my country was built on acts of terrorist, on the backs of oppression and deciet and continues to try to rule the world with a military fist. I do not rejoice in the death of Osama Bin Laden. The shallow news coverage of who this man could be does not surmount to me thinking that anyone has a right to kill him.

I beleive Noam Chomsky said it best in his reaction about Bin Laden's death.
We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. . . Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime . . . the hundreds of thousands of deaths,
-Noam Chomsky, GUERNICA 2011

I believe the New York Times exacerbates the false idealism we abide by in their 6 page obituary that they wrote about him. Writing lines such as
His reedy voice seemed to belie the warrior image he cultivated. . . he was also known to submit to dressings down by his mother.

Lines which are meant to stir up an image of an evil insignificant man who needed to died at the hands of United States Army men, a mere justification of illegal action that the United States took against Pakistan and Osama Bin Laden. Please check out the 2 articles for yourself, please think and readjust your ideas of justice that the American government is trying to superimpose on our minds.

May Osama Bin laden rest in peace, may judgment passed upon him be made only by the most high.

Dream P Love

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