Yes this is an entry about Osama bin Laden, and yes I'm a week late... But hey, I've been busy! I'm gonna keep this one short because I'm tired (so there might be some typos), and there isn't much that can be said that hasn't been said way too many times.
First of all, I've read a lot of opinions and talked to a lot of people about this, and almost everyone has said Osama's death will not change anything. WHAT? Osama may not have been in control of al-Qaeda to the extent that he was ten years ago, but there is not doubt in my mind he was still a key component of the organization. The White House has come out and stated that bin Laden played a larger role in the organization (recently) than they had at first believed. Even if he was not the primary strategist anymore (which I'm not convinced of), his significance as a figurehead is grossly underrated. Bin Laden had a certain charisma that gained him a large following of people. After his death, many may be more skeptical to support al-Qauda. His emotional leadership was invaluable. His death also sends a message to terrorists across the world. Although it took us over ten years to find him, we still tracked down the man we declared as the most dangerous person in the world. It sends a warning to any prospective terrorists.
Secondly, I can't think of the other thing I wanted to say... Maybe I'll remember later.
I remembered! Secondly, many of my friends have expressed concerns about a retaliation attack after bin Laden's assassination. In my opinion, we should feel safer. Bin Laden was a crazy genius. Those are two characteristics you don't want in a man who wishes to harm your country. He was a mastermind of terror, and I doubt al-Qaeda's planning will ever be the same. Additionally, most of al-Qaeda's funds came from bin Laden's fortune. I'm not sure how much he still had before his death, but I have a feeling al-Qaeda will soon be very tight for money. Also, our national security, although it still has flaws, is infinitely better than it was on 9/11. It would take even greater planning than 9/11 took to conduct an attack on U.S. soil, and I don't believe al-Qaeda has that capability. In my opinion, a U.S. citizen with sympathies for al-Qaeda is more likely to attempt an attack in this country than al-Qaeda itself. That being said, there are few people living in the United States who are unhinged enough to attempt an attack, and fewer who are trained well enough to conduct it.
Finally, I want to address the mass celebration of the United States people after learning of his death. I understand it. This was a man who hurt so many people so personally. In my opinion, he certainly deserved to die. It was the only way to ensure he would not bring any more danger to our people. I'm sure he would have bitten his tongue off before being taken into our captivity. But although his death was necessary, I don't believe we should celebrate. Once we do that, we're encouraging hate. We must be careful not to become what we're fighting against. As MLK Jr put it, "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." And while I'm not suggesting we try to love bin Laden (he certainly doesn't deserve it), I am suggesting we try to avoid lowering ourselves to that hatred, even if it is warranted.
Well this didn't end up being as short as I expected... Of course, I would love to hear anyone's opinions. Feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comments, and I'll be sure to respond! Also, if you enjoy my blog, I would greatly appreciate it if you share it with your friends. Hope you enjoyed!