Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bullets Too Good For Bin Laden

The news this week that Osama Bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy Seals in Pakistan is now being fleshed out, detail by grisly detail.  Only in a western democracy does this happen of course - the public's "right to know" invoked by the media to titillate viewers and sell newspapers, as well as head off conspiracy theorists who inevitably assert a cover-up.  By the time all the details are finally out in the light of day the team of Navy Seals will be lucky if their full names and addresses aren't made public.  The admittedly strange decision to bury the body at sea is bound to raise eyebrows, the kind of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" action that was probably as much about trying to deny a shrine for his twisted followers as it was to observe Muslim customs.  (Alas, the compound where he was killed will probably become that shrine anyway.)  I don't really care how he died or how his body was dealt with as long as it was sufficiently documented and DNA-proven.  Lock up the details and pictures as "classified" for 25 years and tell the prying eyes of the press to go to hell, I say.  However he died, bullets were too good for him.  He should have died slowly - choking on the dust from a collapsing skyscraper, with the weight slowly crushing him, and flames licking at his feet - the way nearly 3000 innocent persons died on September 11, 2001.