Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Bin Laden Sleeps With the Fishes
Sunday, an elite group of Navy Seals stormed the concrete mansion where Osama Bin Laden had been hiding in plain sight, in Pakisan. They were trained to kill, and kill they did. Everyone in sight. When they got to an upstairs bedroom, they found Osama Bi Laden, his wife and his son. First they killed his son, then, when Bin Laden tried to use his wife as a shield, they killed her, too. Then, they killed Bin Laden.
They took custody of his body. Later, they took his picture, harvested a few of his organs for DNA purposes, wrapped his corpse in a tarp and dumped him in the ocean.
Only a few hours after the world was notified, the inevitable whining began. "They shouldn't have buried him at sea. That's not the way Muslims do it." No, Muslims don't usually bury their dead at sea, but it isn't against their religion to do it that way.
To whom were we going to give his body? Surely not Pakistan. The countries in the Middle East would have bounced his old carcass around like a hot potato. Nobody would have wanted to bury him. We wouldn't have wanted him to be turned to a martyr. It kind of takes the fun out of building a shrine when there's no one buried there, doesn't it?
Some of the families of the 9/11 victims stated that they wanted to be allowed to see the body. Then, other folks would demand to see it, too. Before you know it, his remains would have been placed in a glass-topped coffin and hauled around the country like that smelly old dead whale that PT Barnum took from state to state in a refrigerated truck back in the day.
When everyone had satisfied his/her blood lust, then what would have been done with him? Nobody wants him buried here. I guess we could send him up with the space shuttle and push him out the door.
He's gone and good riddance. Just this once, can't we simply shut up and rejoice?