by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Years of hunting down the man whose brilliant yet violently twisted brain was behind one of the most horrifying and saddening tragedies in human history has finally come to a close last May 1 when American troops planted a bullet in Osama bin Laden’s head during a raid. The man who has caused the thousands of undeserved deaths in the 9/11 terrorist attack has finally fallen from grace, and America, along with the rest of the world, has at long last claimed victory over its public enemy no. 1.
But, is it really victory or simply a temporary symbol of victory? What does bin Laden’s death really mean to the world? While his death may be like any other death in its physical sense, you must admit, it is unlike any other death. It still undoubtedly brings with it much mystery with regard to the near future.
Many say that his death means justice served for all those who have died that fateful morning ten years ago, but is his death really ‘justice served’ or just a turning point for more injustice?
While much of the world’s crowd hae gone partying and celebrating bin Laden’s death (it is supposedly a victory, after all), his supporters and troops are grieving, I would suppose, over the loss of their boss. And who knows what sad and angry men can do?
It must be no surprise to think of the possibility of retaliations from al Qaeda (and other rebel groups) because of this incident. People avenge for those they care and revere, and that’s normal. You can’t blame them. You would probably feel the same rage and passion for revenge if someone you deeply care about gets killed. The thing is, when the rebels attack, America will strike back by way of an automated response, probably targeting one of their top leaders in the process. Displeased, the terrorists will attack once again and well, you know how it all plays out in the end – the battle continues and many bodies lay dead.
Therefore, while justice may have been served for the many dead, the rate of injustice for the alive will continue to rise exponentially with each attack from each side of the battlefield as more innocent lives will pay the price of revenge and quest for dominance – all because of a single death. At the end of it all, nobody will really be rejoicing because the war is not yet over. It cannot be denied that there might still be unexpected events that will unfold, so we have to be more prepared, be more vigilant, but more importantly, be more hopeful.
I just certainly hope that bin Laden’s death does not serve as a turning point for more injustice but as a starting point for understanding and peace. I hope that both parties will stop playing this dominating game once and for all because nobody is really winning and none of them will ever do. Everybody’s losing here because they lose innocent lives from their country and from their families with each attack. How can anybody say that those deaths are deserving and worthy if it was not for the good of anybody? They die and the world still stays as ugly as it was before – what was so worthy to die for?
I hope that bin Laden’s death may become an eye-opener for both the terrorists and America (and the world) – that while anger burns within us, violence is not the solution. You don’t try to kill random people just because you’re mad that you failed in your exam. You don’t try to plant a bomb in a random train just because you can’t get what you want. Killing people does not get you what you want. Asking nicely can. Remember kids who throw tantrums don’t usually get what they want but kids who ask with a smile usually get what they ask for? Yeah, that’s the point.
Also, you don’t try to shoot people in the leg just so you could impose what you think is right. We all have different sets of values and beliefs, and we need to respect that. We can’t impose and threaten people if they won’t follow what we want. We can only live out these values and inspire other people to see through those values and understand us. We all live for something but definitely not for murder. I know that deep down inside, we are nice people despite the bad attitudes we have now. I believe that everybody can change and there’s always a second chance for all those who are willing to change.
I am then hoping (and asking nicely) that the rebels stop putting random people’s lives in danger just because they want to live out their ideologies. I know you value them, but as I’ve said, we are all different and we should embrace that fact. Killing more people will not change that. Why not use the very strong alliance you have to help out your country and your fellow people to learn more about your culture? I know establishing your identities as who you are as a group of people is important, but at some point, learning about other cultures, religions, and value systems without embracing it entirely is also cool, so why not give yourself a chance to do that instead of rejecting it immediately?
And then, dear America, I am also hoping (and asking you nicely) that you stop meddling with other nations’ businesses. It is not doing them good because they feel exploited and neither is it doing your country any good as many of your citizens feel threatened and scared every day of possible attacks. I know you feel like a superpower, so why not use that fact to nourish yourself more as a country? Don’t try to impose your systems on other nations because they are different. Try to understand them and give them a chance to discover themselves on their own. Why not simply help them out with resources that they can use to build their nations?
I know it is highly improbable that the people I am trying to reach out to will ever get to read this, but I am a highly optimistic person. They’ll probably not even listen when they get to read it, but it is always worth a try. A desire to impart change needs courage and determination. 🙂 In addition to that, I hope that while I may not be able to reach out to the more powerful, I hope I am able to reach out to you, whoever you are. I hope that you get my point of TRYING to embrace the other person, of being able to CONTROL anger because it is unnecessary (and evil) to unleash it on someone else, and of NOT FORCING into someone else what we want.
I know things are not as easy as they seem, but I believe that everything starts with listening to and learning about the other person. If only we can try to set apart our prejudices and start to see the other person as just another human being trying to let his/her presence felt, then I am sure we can end the conversation or encounter with a handshake and a smile.
At the end of the day, bin Laden’s death is still all over the news and there are still people who are toasting to that. Well, ain’t that a shame? How can they toast to someone’s death? I hope you’re not one of them. While he may be a bad guy, wishing him dead or rejoicing over his death does not make one a better person. As Martin Luther King, Jr. has said, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” So while it is normal to initially feel joy over an enemy’s misfortune, I hope we get back to reality and feel ashamed about it afterwards. No to hate, remember? He threatened us, true, but the worth of his life (or death) was never ours to judge. He caused many undeserved deaths, true, but being happy for his death was never a good thing. As Katy Perry puts it on her Twitter status: I believe in justice… but don’t you think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind? Revenge, hate, and anger are all powerful emotions, don’t be bottled up in them. Else, you become their puppet. Be relieved because one violent regime has ended and some justice has been given but don’t be too happy because it makes you worship hatred. Just be hopeful for a good turn from this incident and then you can rejoice – his death will have been for a good cause then.
Let us simply hope that bin Laden’s death gives us all a reason to start over and end a war that can claim more innocent lives. Let us hope that his death be the key to a new life and not to a nightmare that will haunt us forever.
R.I.P. Mr. bin Laden.
So, Osama bin Laden’s dead, now what? Well, how about you tell me your thoughts about this in the comments section?