Reflecting on the Murder of Osama Bin Laden

by Vince

I put off my lesson plans today in school and dedicated all 5 of my classes to discussing this momentous world event, listening to Obama’s speech, and reflecting on our own thoughts and reactions. It produced some interesting thoughts and teachable moments.

I centered much of the discussion surrounding Osama Bin Laden’s (OSB from here on out) death around these questions:

  1. When did you first hear the news? How did you hear it? What was your first reaction?
  2. Do you feel any safer now that OSB is dead?
  3. Should be celebrate the death of OSB or anyone? Should it matter that many Americans have celebrated OSB’s death just as many people from around the globe celebrated on September 11th, 2001? (One caveat: the American military is not bent on killing innocent people – terrorists are. However, drone attacks by the American military kill many innocent people).
  4. Should we of buried OSB in another way instead of at sea? Does it matter to respect his corpse? What message does it send to the Muslim world when we respect (or do not) their customs?
  5. Will OSB’s death impact the war on terror? Will it be the demise of al Qaeda? Will it eventually bring out troops home?

Many of these questions, to me, do not have easy, simple answers, let alone answers at all.

In retrospect, this was one momentous weekend. The royal wedding was Friday, the anniversary of Hitler killing himself (1945) and Saigon falling to the Communists (1975) was Saturday, and OSB’s death was Sunday.

Here are some images from outside the White House as well as a telling quote from presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on the death of OSB:

Welcome to hell, bin Laden. 

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