May 2, 2011, - 4:10 pm
Did Barack Obama do the right thing in burying Osama Bin Laden at sea? Our friend, Bonzer Wolf–who has, himself, dealt with suspected Islamic terrorists–thinks that for once Obama handled it right. Read his quick take, which makes some good points. Mine is different.
The claim is that this will deny Muslims a shrine for the guy. But, wait, I thought Obama told us last night that we are not at war with Islam and that Osama Bin Laden wasn’t a Muslim leader. If those things are the case, then
1) Why would we care if Muslims made a shrine to Bin Laden? After all, we’re not at war with them, according to Barack (and Bush, before him) so everything they do in their war against us is A-OK, right?
2) Why would we worry about millions of Muslims going to honor their hero, Osama Bin Laden at a shrine? After all, he wasn’t an Islamic leader, according to Obama, so he wouldn’t have a large following of Muslims, right? Actually, he did have a large following because he was the most powerful leader in the Islamic world, bar none. To suggest otherwise, while also doing a 180 and acknowledging the truth–millions would go to a shrine to honor him, is just dishonest and hypocritical.
And, again, if we were really serious about showing the uber-conspiracy theorist Muslim world that the guy is actually dead, we’d say, “Piss off on your rules about Muslim burial before sundown for a mass murderer of Americans. We’re having a public display for a couple of days,” and we’d display the body, then dump it from a helicopter in mid-ocean covered in shark pheromones (and bacon bits).
It’s interesting to note the contrast between George W. Bush–who proudly showed the photos of the dead Saddam Hussein progeny, Uday and Qusay–and Barack Obama who shows more respect for this mass-murderer of thousands of innocent Americans and won’t show the photo.
What is your take? How should Bin Laden’s disposal have been handled? Being stuffed by my sanitational engineer in the back of the garbage truck would have been too nice.
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