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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Death of UBL - One Perspective

Bin Laden is dead.   This is no longer news.  No longer a cause for celebration in the streets of America.  No longer a cause for mourning in some quarters.  So what does the death of Osama Bin Laden mean now that the first emotions have passed?  Is liberty more prevalent?  Is radicalism in decline?

He killed civilians. He killed athiests, agnostics, Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  He represented a wildly different brand of Islam than the Islam of my Muslim friends.   He was a father, a brother, a son.   He is gone.  Yes, a killer has gone to his grave.  A treasure of intelligence bearing on national security has gone to his grave.  A warrior, in my opinion, a sorely misguided warrior, has gone to his grave.  A father, brother, and son has gone to his grave.

Banksy, a Bristol graffiti artist, said, " die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time."  UBL has only died once.   I wonder when he will die for the second time. 


  1. UBL will not die a second death as long as the atrocities he planned and executed are remembered by the citizens of the countries where they were committed. If a true history of those acts is recorded, he will have gained notorious immortality.

  2. In too short a time, unfortunately, some other person will most likely take his place doing evil deeds that cause the world grief.