I wasn’t going to write about this. I generally keep away from politics and current affairs. I do this for one simple reason: I just don’t care enough about these sorts of things to give it more than a passing thought. I’m pretty sure this makes me seem insensitive and/or ignorant, to which I’d have to say: “Yeah, so?”
The postaday2011 folks helpfully provide topic ideas daily, which I generally ignore in the hope that I’ll find my own muse and create something worth reading. Today, naturally, the topic is “What will change now that Osama is gone?” I planned to ignore this topic like I have with the others. The phrase “…now that Osama is gone” ruffled my feathers, though. He’s not gone. He hasn’t passed on, passed away, transcended this world or any number of other euphemisms that people feel the need to use at times like this.
He’s dead. He has died. More to the point, he was killed.
A lot of people think this is a good thing. They think it’s going to make a difference. They see it as some kind of justice, in some way honoring the thousands of people killed nearly ten years ago in the twin towers attacks. This is bullshit, of course, but it makes people feel better. The same way saying “Uncle Joe passed away” makes them feel better about Uncle Joe dying after a long and painful fight with cancer.
The truth is that Osama Bin Laden was killed in retaliation for his actions. An eye for an eye. It’s not justice. It doesn’t honor anyone.
And it won’t change a damned thing.