Note: This post was originally written on JC De La Torre’s website on May 2, 2011.
I try to think of myself as a good person. I don’t hurt anyone or wish harm on another human being. You may find that a bit surprising, considering the carnage and chaos of my short stories Killing Osama, Shockers, and Serial (all available in my shortstory collection, Nightmares From Eberus). That’s fiction, it’s not how I truly feel about the world. I’m more of a John Lennon give peace a chance, all you need is love kinda guy.
With that said, I can’t help but smile at the fact that the U.S. Navy Seals ended the existence of the most notorious terrorist of our time, Osama Bin Laden. While the Osama of my story wasn’t Bin Laden, I took from him and many other terrorists on the FBI’s most wanted list as an example of the most evil terrorist. Of course, I really didn’t need to stray far from Bin Laden.
I don’t really need to go into all the evil this man has done. He’s been the poster child for radical Islam, rallying many confused young idealist to their deaths in his jihad against America. He’s killed thousands.
He plunged America into a 10 year war against terror that has cost Christians, Muslims, and Jews a like countless number of lives. Innocent people having blood spilled for political and religious agendas they had no connection to.
He would pop out every once in awhile to mock the United States’ inability to capture or kill him, making him a hero to many misguided jihadists.
But in the end, as President Obama said last night – justice is served. The death of Bin Laden doesn’t kill Al Queda…and certainly, one can expect that if they remain capable there will be retaliation for the killing of their hero. It doesn’t bring back the lives Bin Laden has stolen from us.
But as long as Bin Laden was out there and the United States failed to eliminate him, the longer it would be before we could move on from that terrible day in September of 2001. With the expansion of freedom and democracy in the Middle East, the tide seems to be changing for these murderers and the tyrants who assist and harbor them. The Muslim people are tired of seeing their own people killed for beliefs that are not their own.
This is not just a great day for Americans, but Muslim nations and those who love peace.
Thank you to the U.S. intelligence agencies, the Navy seals who got him and to all those who fight for our ability to be free.