It is now well recorded that many people are rejoicing around the world at the brutal murder of the terrorist Al-Qaeda leader and alleged reputed mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Osama Bin Laden, which was announced by theUSPresident Barack Obama during a news conference last night in the White House.
During his well publicized announcement, Obama said it took theUS about ten years to find out where Bin Laden was.
Bin Laden was accused of having been the “mastermind” of attacks on the US which resulted to the Twin Towers collapsing, leaving many people being killed. This, said Obama, left many children “forced to grow up without their mother or their father” and “parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace”.
According to Obama, about 3,000 citizens died during the attack, “leaving a gaping hole in our hearts”. “On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family”, said Obama during his announcement of Bin Laden’s death.
Obama said the US was “united” in its “resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice” after it learned “quickly” that the attacks, known as the 9/11 attacks, were carried out by Bin Laden as Al Qaeda leader, an organisation he claims “had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe”. “And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies”, he said.
He admitted that “it took many months to run this thread to ground” of capturing Bin Laden after he “avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border intoPakistan” for many years.
And it was only this weekend that Bin Laden was captured and later killed by Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, with the direction of Obama after he informed him to “make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network”. After learning that Bin Laden had been hiding within a compound deep inside ofPakistan, said Obama: “I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice”. During this capturing of Bin Laden carried out by a small operation with “extraordinary courage and capability”, there were no Americans harmed and that a good “care to avoid civilian casualties” was done, according to Obama.
“After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body”, said Obama. He said the death of Bin Laden marked the “most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda”, but was quick to warn that “his death does not mark the end of our effort”. “There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad”.
Obama reaffirmed the United States as “not at war with Islam”, that Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, but a “mass murderer of Muslims” whose “demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity”, and that he had “repeatedly made [it] clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where Bin Laden was” and “that is what we’ve done”.
He then defended killing Bin Laden, saying “the American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens”. Obama said these efforts weighed on him as Commander-in-Chief because he had to “sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded”. And now that Americans “understand the costs of war”, Obama said theUS“will never tolerate [its] security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed”. “We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done”.
To the families of those who lost their loved ones during the attacks, Obama said: “we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores”.
And in what looked, to me like reference to his opponent presidential campaign runner, Donald Trump, Obama said: “remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
Do, does this “justice… been done [by killing Bin Laden]” make Obama a murderer with a ‘good cause’?
If so, isn’t America then likely to use this and any other ammunition at its disposal against its opponents as deem fit and get away with it, sometimes resulting in hundreds or thousands, if not millions, of people dead? Will that just be fine?