Wanted: Osama, dead or alive. Preferably dead? English
I promised myself I wouldn’t go there. I wasn’t going to write anything about this beyond the short part in my last post, but fuck it – the words have to come out.
First off… when did the world become such a cold and callous place that we as a society feel it’s warranted to cheer and celebrate when a country more or less commit murder? And not even proper murder behind closed doors but rather the most public kill in the last few years.
What I would have liked to see is this: If (and it’s a bloody big if) USA has the right to police the world, then they should at bloody least present evidence for what the man has done done. So far, I’m not aware of that this has happened. Please, tell me if I’m wrong here. What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? Doesn’t The Bearded One deserve a trial? And if not… why?
Secondly, together with the rest of the world, I’ve had very high hopes for Barack Obamas presidency, and in many respects we’ve also been proven right. He has restored a lot of things that Bush Jr. did his best to tear down, and not only that; what he could do by presidential decree – he did. It’s impressive, but… it’s not enough. If you want to be regarded as the liberal president, the one that care about the enviroment, human rights and other minor points you really need to man up and act like a decent man in all aspects of life and not pander to the blood-thirsty cries for revenge – even if they do give you votes in the election. If you have a firm set of beliefs you should bloody well stick to them! Not abandon them when they are actually needed the most.
Sure, I’m not losing any sleep over the dispatching of a supposed terrorist leader, but as far as I can see, the actions taken against Osama bin Laden are no better than state-sanctioned murder. Or, as I’ve seen it reported in media: “an international policing incident where the target of the action resisted arrest.” Granted, I don’t live in America and I don’t follow American politics that closely so I could be wrong in basically everything I just wrote. If I am, please let me know. But until then I’ll continue feeling slightly betrayed by President Obama, not as an American but as a citizen of the world. The feeling of shame that people will sink so low as to celebrate death will simmer in the back of my mind together with the revulsion I feel for the blatant disregard of human life that has been displayed in the news.
We can be so much better than this, can’t we?