Monday, May 2, 2011

Thoughts on Osama Bin Laden's Death

The death of Osama Bin Laden yesterday in a fire-fight at the hands of American operatives in Pakistan is certainly to be celebrated, but has taken way too long and cost way too much, both in human and financial terms.  How can the world's most powerful military first of all let the world's most-wanted man slip out of eastern Afghanistan, and then take ten years to find and kill him?  In the interim, the collateral damage of this manhunt has been massive: thousands of coalition soldiers have died and the Bush Gang needlessly invaded Iraq over fictitious WMD's - no doubt spawning tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of wannabe OBL's there and elsewhere around the world.  Is the world a safer place now that he's dead?  I doubt it.  There will be terrorist repercussions over the "martyrdom" of this mass murderer.  Islamic fundamentalism isn't going away.  Europe is an Islamic battleground already.  The madrassas that pass for schools, and the radical Imams that pass for holy men aren't going away.  The ignorant tribalism and chaos that is Muslim nuclear-armed Pakistan, a virtual failed state, continues.  Canadian citizens with veiled faces will turn up and vote in today's election unchallenged.  Osama Bin Laden has succeeded in making fools of us in the West.  Don't be one of them, this isn't over by a long shot.