5/05/2011

The Execution of Osama bin Laden

A great deal could, and perhaps should, be said in regard to the summary execution of Osama bin Laden, which was carried out by American forces, under the direction of President Barack Obama, on May 2, 2011. A small number of words, however, probably are sufficient to state the essential truth of the matter. The killing of Osama bin Laden, the Islamic extremist who supposedly masterminded the murder and destruction that happened in New York City on September 11, 2001, stands as a wantonly unlawful act, serving only to satisfy a savage desire for revenge on the part of the American people. It also, of course, helped to raise the public standing of Mr. Obama, who will be seeking a second term as President in 2012.

America has chosen, once again, to take the law into its own hands, ruthlessly using an instance of coldblooded violence against a man who reportedly was caught unarmed, to achieve its perverse and duplicitous aims. The widespread expressions of ugly joy that swept across the United States of America as soon as President Obama announced the execution of Osama bin Laden were deeply repugnant, and offered sickening proof that America is inhabited by a bloodthirsty citizenry. The law of America is the law of the gun, which is why America is, at best, nothing more than a nation of gangsters.

When a leader deliberately uses homicide as a means of implementing policies that are glaringly unworthy (and also as a means of gaining support from the public), it should be seen, and should be understood, as a warning sign of underlying weakness. America is certain to find, sooner or later, that a crude display of might is a poor excuse for right. A nation that chooses the dishonorable path of careless brutality has unwittingly assured the likelihood of its own final downfall.