Reviews about Osama Bin Laden’s Death

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

Advertisements
This entry was posted in CCR exchange: Stanford-AUC, Current events, Spring 2011: Humor and Political Regimes, Spring 2011: Intercultural Communication for Leadership, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Reviews about Osama Bin Laden’s Death

  1. Jeff Chen says:

    Hi everyone,
    In response to your post “Reviews about Osama Bin Laden’s Death,” I would like to turn your attention to an interesting article I found online entitled “The Ability to Kill Osama Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great.”

    Here is the link: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/05/the_ability_to_kill_osama_bin_laden_does_not_make_america_great.html

    I have copied and pasted the article below for your viewing convenience:

    The Ability to Kill Osama Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great
    by Kai Wright ShareThis | Print | Comment (111)
    Monday, May 2 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Osama Bin Laden, evil incarnate, has justified so, so much American violence in the 21st century. We have launched two wars and executed God knows how many covert military operations in the ethereal, never-ending fight he personifies. We have made racial profiling of Muslim Americans normative, turned an already broken immigration system into an arm of national defense, and reversed decades worth of hard-won civil liberties while pursuing him, dead or alive. We have abandoned even the conceit of respect for human rights in places stretching from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay in the course of hunting him down. Now, finally, the devil is dead.

    Upon the news of this victory, crowds gathered in front of the White House and at Ground Zero to chant “U.S.A.! U.S.A!” It was as if we’d just won an Olympic hockey game, rather than capped a decade worth of war and recession with a singular act of violence.

    “Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people,” the president declared. “We are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to,” he concluded, after insisting that the execution represents justice. “That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.”

    How perverse. President Obama is the leader of a nation in which justice is but a distant dream for millions of residents. He leads a nation that can afford billions of dollars annually for war but cannot feed the nearly 18 million children who lived in homes without food security in 2009. And yet, the Nobel Peace Prize winner can fix his mouth to say that killing a man on the other side of the globe provides proof of America’s exceptionalism.

    The gap between rhetoric and reality has long been a defining trait of American life. Lies about our values have shielded us from the brutal facts of our nation ever since we built it on the back of genocide and slavery. But it is in times like these that the dissonance becomes unbearable.

    The president says we can do anything we want because we can kill. We could not stop poverty rates from spiraling upward to a record-setting 14.3 percent of Americans in 2009, but we can kill so we are exceptional. One in four black and Latino families live below the poverty line now, and as a result America’s child poverty rate—one in five kids—is the second worst among rich nations, behind Mexico. But we can kill, so we are great.

    Fourteen million Americans are out of work, nearly a third of them for more than a year. The Depression-like jobs crises in black neighborhoods around the country have become so acceptable as to be literally unremarkable in national news media. When overall joblessness inched downward in March, the fact that black unemployment increased, again, was greeted with callous shrugs from the White House to CNN. But America is exceptional because we can kill.

    Our economy is defined by greed. The top 1 percent of earners take home a quarter of income in this country. Wall Street banks are logging record profits while the Treasury Department professes helplessness at the fact that tens of millions of people are still losing their homes to those banks. Because of that foreclosure crisis, the stunning racial wealth gap—the typical black family has a dime for a dollar of wealth held by its white counterpart—will surely grow worse. The White House is paralyzed with inaction in the face of all of these challenges. But it can kill, so we are great.

    We have the world’s most expensive health care system, and yet in 2009 infant mortality in the U.S. was higher than in 29 other countries and the worst among rich nations. Why? In large part because the infant mortality rate is so high among black and Latina women. We cannot find justice for them, but we can kill and call it justice.

    We have a $14 trillion deficit. A massive giveaway to defense contractors lurks inside that number—a transfer of public funds that has been justified, in ways both explicit and implicit, by the evil visage of Osama Bin Laden. And now, Washington is as likely as not to make up the loss by taking apart the safety net that once created something like economic justice in America. But the president would like us to agree that we are great because we can kill.

    “May God bless the United States of America,” Obama declared last night, a sentiment echoed by so many today. Indeed. But the familiar refrain feels to me more like an urgent plea for forgiveness than the triumphant war cry that it is.

  2. ccrgloballeaders says:

    I have to respectfully disagree. If we had let Osama live it would have created a nightmare, years long trial process that would have led to thousands and thousands of deaths due to terrorist attacks. His death was absolutely painless (shot to the head), and his burial was conducted in the Muslim tradition. I think that America did the right thing by killing a global terrorist and did it in a very clean, painless, and effective way that saved innocent lives.

    Dan

  3. ccrgloballeaders says:

    Hey everyone,

    Here is an interesting article about Osama Bin Laden’s death:

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/05/the_ability_to_kill_osama_bin_laden_does_not_make_america_great.html

    I have copied and pasted the article below:

    The Ability to Kill Osama Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great
    by Kai Wright ShareThis | Print | Comment (112)
    Monday, May 2 2011, 10:54 AM EST Tags: osama bin laden, war on terror

    Osama Bin Laden, evil incarnate, has justified so, so much American violence in the 21st century. We have launched two wars and executed God knows how many covert military operations in the ethereal, never-ending fight he personifies. We have made racial profiling of Muslim Americans normative, turned an already broken immigration system into an arm of national defense, and reversed decades worth of hard-won civil liberties while pursuing him, dead or alive. We have abandoned even the conceit of respect for human rights in places stretching from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay in the course of hunting him down. Now, finally, the devil is dead.

    Upon the news of this victory, crowds gathered in front of the White House and at Ground Zero to chant “U.S.A.! U.S.A!” It was as if we’d just won an Olympic hockey game, rather than capped a decade worth of war and recession with a singular act of violence.

    “Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people,” the president declared. “We are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to,” he concluded, after insisting that the execution represents justice. “That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.”

    How perverse. President Obama is the leader of a nation in which justice is but a distant dream for millions of residents. He leads a nation that can afford billions of dollars annually for war but cannot feed the nearly 18 million children who lived in homes without food security in 2009. And yet, the Nobel Peace Prize winner can fix his mouth to say that killing a man on the other side of the globe provides proof of America’s exceptionalism.

    The gap between rhetoric and reality has long been a defining trait of American life. Lies about our values have shielded us from the brutal facts of our nation ever since we built it on the back of genocide and slavery. But it is in times like these that the dissonance becomes unbearable.

    The president says we can do anything we want because we can kill. We could not stop poverty rates from spiraling upward to a record-setting 14.3 percent of Americans in 2009, but we can kill so we are exceptional. One in four black and Latino families live below the poverty line now, and as a result America’s child poverty rate—one in five kids—is the second worst among rich nations, behind Mexico. But we can kill, so we are great.

    Fourteen million Americans are out of work, nearly a third of them for more than a year. The Depression-like jobs crises in black neighborhoods around the country have become so acceptable as to be literally unremarkable in national news media. When overall joblessness inched downward in March, the fact that black unemployment increased, again, was greeted with callous shrugs from the White House to CNN. But America is exceptional because we can kill.

    Our economy is defined by greed. The top 1 percent of earners take home a quarter of income in this country. Wall Street banks are logging record profits while the Treasury Department professes helplessness at the fact that tens of millions of people are still losing their homes to those banks. Because of that foreclosure crisis, the stunning racial wealth gap—the typical black family has a dime for a dollar of wealth held by its white counterpart—will surely grow worse. The White House is paralyzed with inaction in the face of all of these challenges. But it can kill, so we are great.

    We have the world’s most expensive health care system, and yet in 2009 infant mortality in the U.S. was higher than in 29 other countries and the worst among rich nations. Why? In large part because the infant mortality rate is so high among black and Latina women. We cannot find justice for them, but we can kill and call it justice.

    We have a $14 trillion deficit. A massive giveaway to defense contractors lurks inside that number—a transfer of public funds that has been justified, in ways both explicit and implicit, by the evil visage of Osama Bin Laden. And now, Washington is as likely as not to make up the loss by taking apart the safety net that once created something like economic justice in America. But the president would like us to agree that we are great because we can kill.

    “May God bless the United States of America,” Obama declared last night, a sentiment echoed by so many today. Indeed. But the familiar refrain feels to me more like an urgent plea for forgiveness than the triumphant war cry that it is.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s