Better Off Dead..or Alive?

2 May

Our President Obama came on the television last night to announce the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden. U.S. troops apparently shot and killed him in the head, where he had been hiding in Pakistan. So, my question now is should we, as Americans be scared for what is to come?

I’ve seen everyone on Facebook and their statuses talking about how this is a great thing and they caught the mastermind behind 9/11. Al Qaeda, though, was a force that was to be reckoned with from day one and from the moment Bin Laden went into hiding. I’m still unsure if this is supposed to be a good thing that he’s dead. I couldn’t tell on my way to work this morning wether New Yorkers felt a weight was lifted off of their shoulders and as though the war with Iraq was over. In a sense, it may never be. The Iraqi people may feel the same bitterness we New Yorkers felt when the planes hit the towers and fell to the ground and shattered into pieces, crushing the lives and families of so many.

What good is Bin Laden dead now than he was alive these last ten years?

I’ve seen as many other New Yorkers and their stories, the faces of fellow Iraqi people and people from Afghanistan living in New York feel like they were living in their own terror zone when they had come to America for a better life. As the Quran and those I know who practice Islam have recited to me say, it is against the religion to kill your own or in the eyes of God/Allah.

So where do we go from here? Where does the U.S. stand with Iraq or Afghanistan? What more will the U.S. do to protect us from another War on Terror from happening? I think what we need are answers.


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