Who knows? Apparently, there were reports back in 2008 that he had been killed in Pakistan. And now, it’s being reported that they’ve killed him…again?
Now, to the more important question: Who Cares? Well, I am sure the families of those nearly 3,000 people who died in the Twin Towers do. And the fire fighters and policeman and their families care. The people of New York and our military…they definitely care. And I can see why.
The lives of New Yorkers were changed forever in just a few short hours…and life would never be safe again. We, as human beings, don’t like it when things change. Oh, we can tolerate thousands of our soldiers being killed overseas but that’s okay because we don’t have to “see” the bombed-out buildings that scream that families once shopped there…or bought their groceries there…or took their children to school there.
But when it happened on our soil, suddenly we were angry. And rightly so. No one…NO ONE…has the right to take lives for an ideology! I don’t care how justified they feel it is or how deserved it is. No ideology is worth killing.
The protection of our families, and homeland, from invaders…protecting vulnerable citizens of another country who are being terrorized, oppressed, starved and systematically eradicated…gathering with other countries to ensure that the international community is protected from another country’s hostile actions…all of these are actions that are worthy of the sacrifice of our lives.
Whatever Bin Laden’s real agenda was in impressing upon his supporters that the West was ‘evil’, it no longer matters. Because he, and perhaps his violent ideology, have passed into history. The countries of Islam now seemed to be embarrassed by his fundamentalism…and more than that..they seem glad that he is gone.
I think I know why. Because while he was in the world, and the world continued to concentrate on his actions, we couldn’t move on. We couldn’t heal or turn our thoughts to a better world. One without terrorism, the killing of innocents and the mind-numbing fear.
Now, we can finally release the anger we’ve been holding for 11 years and look towards, not only our future, but the future of our world.
Many blessings, Lynn Manyfires