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Death of Osama Bin Laden and West's moral decay
by Kuir Garang   
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Last edited: Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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The death of Osama bin Mohammed bin Awan bin Laden has been greeted with jubilations across the 'western' world and most prominently, in the United States of America. Osama was no doubt wicked-minded in terms of how he fought his grievances. To kill innocent people who don't even know a word, leave alone understanding what he was fighting for, is the 'most' base of all debasements.

Osama's death is, with no question, a sigh of relief to the loved ones of the victims of 9/11. It is a sigh of relief because they will have some closure and a feeling of 'JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE.' The bereft understand that however much they rejoice, their loved ones will never come back. Some of them have reiterated that Osama's death is a good thing but not a cause for jubilation. But they have to rejoice, somehow, in the fact that they now have got some closure.

However, I'm saddened by the fact that someone's death has become a cause for large scale jubilation. This is a fact that gives me an impression that humanity is being reduced to the basic, natural elements of evolutionary life. Have we been reduced to emotional atoms? Perhaps not! The man hated America, we should understand!

Think about the killing of Gaddafi's grandchildren. What does these kids' killing got to do with 'protection' of civilians'? And western leaders have no shame in killing innocent children and still claiming moral authority. Osama's death is a necessary evil. Osama is such a psychological element that his death is NECESSARY. What has to be reiterated is that people should express regret that people have to be killed as a matter of necessity, not a cause for jubilation. Perhaps this jubilation stems from that necessary killing. Some people call it assassination. Osama should not qualify for that word. He was killed not assassinated. Well, simple definition would dictate what we will call it.

If you kill Osama (a necessary action) and you kill innocent children in the name of protecting civilians, your moral standing becomes convoluted. Perhaps the west would say: "who cares what others think of us? We decide and we do. We intend to kill whoever we don't like and we do." If you bomb a house in a suburb and you claim to have been after military targets, you just don't have any shred of morality in you. 

The west is going back to mediocrity as civilized methods of ending conflicts are losing value and taste! Power and might, baby! How sad? Well, this is ironic as it is a statement from an African, eh?

But why do I seem to be mixing up unrelated issues? Well, what I'm saying is this: there is acceptable killing, and there is an unacceptable killing!!!


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