Daily Post Topic #114: According to reports yesterday, Osama bin Laden was killed. What will change, for you, for the U.S., for the world, now that Osama is gone? Or it will it not have much of an effect at all?
I wasn’t going to write anything for this Daily Post suggestion but, having listened to someone on the news this afternoon I thought I’d put something down in writing.
First, let me start by saying that I don’t think that anything will change. From what we have been hearing on the news here in the UK it seems that Osama bin Laden hadn’t been making the decisions for a while even though he was still considered to be the most dangerous man on the planet and supposed to be the head of al-Quaeda. The extremist group is still there and there are still those who believe in the cause and will continue to be a threat.
Secondly, I do not agree with what the US special forces did. Surely, Osama bin Laden should have been brought to trial, as Saddam Hussein was, to answer to the charges brought before him. When he was found guilty then by all means issue the death penalty if it is available – don’t try him in the UK if you want this! I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with the death penalty but that justice has not been served if he is killed without a trial.
Finally, where is the proof? They have buried him at sea in accordance with Islamic protocol (that isn’t what I mean but am not sure how to word what I want to say). So, how do we know that it really was him? How do his followers? What is to stop someone else following in his footsteps anyway?