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Osama Bin Laden Dead

By Taylor Marvin

Obviously it is too soon to make any authoritative statements about what this means, but it is clear that this is a turning point in America’s post-9/11 experience, and an enormously cathartic one for millions of people. However, I feel that it is important to view these headlines for what they really are. Death is death, and for Bin Laden’s demise to be real and meaningful it should be witnessed as a dirty, messy thing, not the sanitized destruction of a video game.

Interestingly, I think that it is in the aggregate beneficial that Bin Laden was only killed now, rather than in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, because it greatly reduces the chance of his death being perceived as martyrdom. For the last decade, Bin Laden has been popularly viewed as an increasingly irrelevant, impotent old man with little actual relevance to the perceived problems facing the Muslim world. The Arab Spring has certainly accelerated this perception, demonstrating to frustrated and potentially extremist young men that media-enabled protest is a much more effective route to real social change and personal affirmation than terrorism.

Finally, a huge thanks for the people that made this happen. Oftentimes Americans act like their gratitude towards the military and civilian intelligence officials goes without saying. It shouldn’t.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. I would like to congratulate the people involve in that operation because after a long awaited scene, it finally happened. Every American are very proud and happy in this rightful but then tragic result.

    May 2, 2011
  2. Deepa Kollipara #

    I thought the idea that extremist young men should look to the arab spring protest led by their young peers than terrorism was an insightful observation I hadn’t thought of. Hopefully, we can end things in Afganistan as well.

    May 2, 2011
  3. United states of america made Muslims their enemies generating a general approach that many Muslims are terrorists which is NOT! true. I am glad he is dead too, nevertheless we won’t see the big cause to be able to rejoice.

    May 3, 2011
  4. It really doesn’t matter what evidence they release, these “doubter” bozos will find reasons to say it’s a “fake” or it’s “photo-shopped”. You can count on that. This nonsense will take and on and on, just like the birth certificate inability. Then the bozos will move on to their next conspiracy theory. Apparently, it’s their life blood.

    May 9, 2011
  5. Pentagon had been releasing fake videos. You never know what is truth behind this. watch website to find out whats going on currently.

    June 5, 2011

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