We don’t need to sugar coat anything. Let’s be honest. We executed Osama bin Laden. We didn’t want to give him a trial. We didn’t want to apply the rule of law. We didn’t want to give him any rights at all. He was the most hated man in America, so let’s just kill him. And we did. A team of Navy Seals attacked him in his bedroom, firing a shot that injured his fifth wife in the leg. Two shots from the Navy Seals struck bin Laden in the chest and in the forehead above his left eye, ripping apart his skull and splattering his blood and brain on the wall and floor. Suddenly everyone in America is using the killer’s lexicon to describe what they did: the Seals fired a “double tap” at the target, two bullets. We don’t have to make excuses either, like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who claims the Navy Seals were “forced” to shoot Bin Laden. Feinstein and others, five days after the fact, argue we had to kill him because there were weapons near the bedroom door.
The celebrations were showcased on national television minutes after President Barack Obama broke the news in a special TV press conference from the White House, coincidentally timed to interrupt the climactic moment of his political rival’s TV reality series, Celebrity Apprentice, with Donald Trump. Obama implied we should not take satisfaction in all this but I bet he got some satisfaction out of that!
No one cared how he was killed. We got our revenge. We got our vengeance. After all, bin Laden’s disciples, 19 hijackers of four American commercial planes, killed nearly 3,000 people after crashing those planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. It’s not a Christian thing to do by a nation whose people claim is a Christian nation. Christians forgive even their worst enemies. We pray for them. But no one was praying for Osama bin Laden. Just lusting for that revenge, even though this is a Christian country. Despite our belief in the separation of church and state, we have a religious political movement called the Christian right, which is the moral conscience of the conservative Republican Party and which believe that the only person born in Hawaii who must prove his natural American birthright to be an American president is an African American whose middle name is Hussein.
America is about the rule of law. We have a Constitution that, for the most part, has been restored to most of its original principles after it was pillaged by former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, who rammed through the Patriot Act after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Constitution says that everyone has rights, but apparently not the Muslim whose Muslim disciples attacked our nation and killed 2,996 people on that fateful date.The truth is we treated bin Laden worse than we treat the worst serial killers and child murderers. John Wayne Gacy Jr. was executed, but only after he had a trial. I guess it’s not how you kill people that counts, but how many people you kill. Gacy was convicted of raping and murdering 33 young boys and men. I don’t recall the United States ever holding a trial for bin Laden, not even in absentia. We just delivered justice.
I don’t sympathize with the killing of a terrorist, or a serial killer, or a child rapist or murderer. I don’t care about Osama bin Laden. But I do care about America. I care about the message we send to others in the world who watch our actions versus our words. I care about our Constitution and our civil rights. And I care about our people who have abandoned the rule of law in favor of mob justice.
I’m not a skeptic like those who believe that Sept. 11th and the destruction of the Twin Towers was an inside job, although I don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Yes, skepticism and cynicism are good things, important aspects of freedoms that allow every citizen the right to question the actions and the claims made by their government. And Obama’s claim that bin Laden is dead is a claim. I wasn’t there, but I believe bin Laden was killed. But I also believe that we didn’t do the right thing. That we did what the terrorists are trying to do to us. We tortured prisoners in ways we would never torture serial killers. We passed special laws so we could treat those terrorists differently from common criminals who murder people all the time.We created an exception to democracy that one day might come back to haunt this nation. We executed someone without ever giving that person the opportunity to defend themselves, or to deny or even brag about what they did or did not do.
Yes, I believe Osama bin Laden ordered and planned the murder of nearly 3,000 American citizens. In fact, I believe he wanted to murder more. But I also believe that what we did was not about democracy. It wasn’t about freedom. It wasn’t about preserving liberty. It was about revenge. Stone cold revenge, execution style. Should bin Laden have been executed? Yes. Did we do it the moral and principled way? No, we did not.
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