The death of Osama Bin Laden has saturated the media in the last 48 hours. From details about his death to scenes of celebration in America, every facet of the event has been covered.
Following this coverage, I was initially pleased. The man was took responsibility for the death of over 3000 people on September 2001 is dead. He poses no further risk.
However, the more I think about it the more conflicted I am. It is not his death I am concerned about, but the reaction of the rest of the world.
The jubilation shown on the White House lawn by thousands of Americans made me a little sad. It showed their scary patriotism and belief that they dominate. Their victory only heightened the very American belief that they rule all. I will acknowledge that for the victims of 9/11, the news of his death will bring some kind of justice. Much like a murderer going to jail.
The worrying aspects are two-fold. First is the risk of retaliation from other similar organizations. Bin Laden’s death will sadly not stop them from attacking innocent people all over the world. Similarly, there is a risk of many believing this is the solution to the problem plaguing our modern society. His death will make a dent, yes, but it will not stop terrorism.
I thought we had averted the second aspect with Obama’s wonderful speech when the news first came out. He placed emphasis on the fact that the war his troops (and ours) are engaged in is not a war against Islam, but a war against terrorism. Then, Tony Blair stuck his mouth in. On the ABC News coverage on the 3rd of May, he described this current war as “Islam against the West”. His comment will now be taken by the world’s media and twisted into what they want it to be. The saddest thing is people will believe it.
On a odd note, May 1 was also the day Hitler was announced as dead. Prophetic? Time will tell.