The death of Osama Bin Laden has been an event anticipated by many nations; however, it still comes as a shock to everyone even though a lot have been waiting upon this day for almost a decade. While Bin Laden’s actions and history of being responsible for the death of thousands that have lost their children on that day or children that had to grow up without their parents cannot be justified, I personally do not find it appropriate the way he was murdered. Every criminal needs his punishment and needs to pay the dues for his actions but what difference does it make between Bin Laden and us, if we take away his life the same way he took thousands of lives? Like Martin Luther king, Jr. once said, “ I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Bin Laden deserved death as a penalty for the era of terrorism he put the world through, however, not this way. In general, I oppose death sentences, I do not believe that any human has the right to make the decision of ending another human being’s life. this is why my opinion in the Binladen’s case is contradictory, yet Osama bin laden wasn’t just a normal person, he was the reason of major catastrophes like September 11th .
However, It would not have been difficult for the troops who murdered him to capture him instead and put him to trial where he can face the consequences of his actions in front of the entire world, it was the best thing to kill him in order to stop what we can from terrorists attacks, how ever, the brutal way in which he was killed and buried was too much for me to accept, yes American’s had a case against him but they had no right to capture, kill and get rid of him this horrible way.
As an Egyptian, Osama Bin Laden’s death gives me hope that revolutions like ours did not go to waste and that one day all the corrupt leaders will get the punishment they deserve for mistreating their nations and making the world a place that is void of peace.
By: Marina Saher, Mohamed Hosny, Dana Habib, Yostina Youssef and Mohamed Ashraf