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       Saturday, September 23, 2006

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Osama's Death: That Might be a Bad Thing!

Rumors of Osama bin Laden's death are wildly circulating through the media and causing speculation and, one gets the impression, a sense of hope! Lets assume, for a moment at least, that the rumors are true, that Osama died of typhoid earlier this month in Pakistan. What would be the net effect of his death?

The first thing that comes to mind is that Osama, since September 11, 2001, has become an icon for Islamic fundamentalists. What happens when an icon, any icon, is lost or dies? He, she or it becomes larger than life. Myths spring up and the icon takes on an almost religious significance that is partially based on fact but primarily based on the emotional impact of the loss.

Mindless, emotional reactions are always dangerous and many times, violent. In the case of Osama's death, be it real or staged, Osama's "memory" will bring many new converts to the ranks of radical, fundamentalist Islam. New warriors, as they see themselves, not only fighting for the glory of Allah and the wisdom of Mohammed but now fighting (and killing as many non-combatants as possible) for the memory of a "legendary" Osama bin Laden.

And who do you suppose will be held directly responsible for Osama's death? Who will see renewed attacks against it's troops, citizens and facilities? The United States, of course. That the United States is responsible for Osama's death is, in reality, an undeniable truth -- if only a partial truth. Back in 2001 the President of the United States vowed to catch him and hold him accountable for his crimes so Osama ran and hid in the mountains -- like a coward -- rather than lead his "warriors" into battle against "the great Satan." So who's fault is that? In the mountains his pre-existing medical conditions would have only gotten worse and his physical condition could have only deteriorated.

Osama dead or alive! Neither option is good for America, but dead might be, at least for a while, worse. It kinda makes you hope that another Osama videotape is released over the weekend: bin Laden echoing the words of Mark Twain, "the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

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Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive?

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posted by Whymrhymer at 10:58 AM  


fog fighter said...

guess Che falls in that category, I prefer Osama as history not current events!

12:15 PM  

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