By Seth Richardson
Wayne Laugesen in his editorial on the killing of Osama bin Laden, stole my Wizard of Oz metaphor before I got this article written, but I’m going to use it anyway.
Unfortunately for everyone, Osama didn’t melt into a cloud of green smoke after being shot by SEAL Team Six (first rule of SEAL Team Six…you never talk about Seal Team Six…). One shot, one kill. Good work gentlemen.
U.S. forces took custody of Osama’s body to collect forensic evidence for positive identification, then buried the body at sea, after, according to reports, giving the body some minimal degree of respect towards Islam by washing it, wrapping it in a white sheet, and speaking some words (we don’t know now just what words) in Arabic before the body was dumped into the Arabian Sea.
This was a brilliant move on the part of the military because it denies jihadists both a body and a shrine to terrorism.
Wayne’s editorial ignited a firestorm of criticism from panty-waist liberal apologists, quislings and Chamberlainesque appeasers to radical Islamic terrorists when he suggested that Osama’s body was undeserving of Islamic ritual and ought to be cremated and flushed down the White House john.
Liberal nitwits of every stripe flooded out of the woodwork and, as Wayne put it, gave him a “shellacking,” going so far as to call for him to be fired for his insensitivity to Islam and his “barbaric” attitude. They thought we should be “above” suggesting desecration of Osama’s body, and that his “insensitive” editorial would foment a backlash from radical jihadists for his disrespect.
Who cares what radical jihadists think? Not me, and not Wayne, and not any right-thinking American, or right-thinking Muslim.We must never, ever cater to the ire or desires of terrorists, because that is the whole purpose of their terrorism. We must stand strong and speak as it pleases us to speak, and if they attack us for it, so be it, we will kill them in due course too, just as we did Osama, no matter how long it takes.
Once that bullet penetrated his skull, Osama ceased to exist and what was left was merely offal to be disposed of in a sanitary manner in the interests of public health.
So, put me down as a supporter of Wayne Laugesen and what he actually wrote, because far from being insensitive to Islam, he was strongly supporting true Islam and true Muslims.
Here’s why: Osama bin Laden was not a Muslim. He was a disaffected megalomaniacal, narcissistic, murderous, serial mass-murderer whose entire organization was built around his personal antipathy towards the United States.
He misused Islam as a stalking-horse for his personal vendetta because that was the only way he could attract followers willing to die for him, a coward who would not do his own dirty work, but rather recruited mental defectives, women and children to be his suicide bombers. He talked the talk, but was too cowardly to walk the walk.
Why was he so angry at the United States? Because we stationed troops in Saudi Arabia, at the invitation of the Saudi government. That’s it. There is no other complaint he had other than his ire at Saudi Arabia’s Kings for allowing the United States to garrison his “holy land.”
He first tried to attack the Saudi royals and government, but they cut off his money and revoked his passport, and he became a fugitive, so he organized Al Quaida as a way to strike at America to vent his spleen. It had absolutely nothing whatever to do with Islam.
If you ask American Muslims, they decry jihad and terrorism as being illegitimate and a perversion of true Islam. The same is true of most peaceable Muslims. Radicals have a different opinion of course, but we should not care what they think.
Therefore, Osama is at best an apostate Muslim, and properly he’s no Muslim at all, but merely a pretender, an Infidel, and an abuser of true Islam who, by Islamic standards, richly deserved to die.
And Wayne was perfectly correct, if somewhat provocative, in stating that we should not grant his body Islamic rites because to do so is to grant him membership in the religion that he twisted to his own ends and abused.
To do so is an insult to true Muslims, and although we did provide some perfunctory Muslim rites, no one should care how outraged radical jihadists become. If they initiate revenge attacks, we will track them down and kill them too. That’s how we deal with such animals.
As for Osama’s final resting place, it’s perfectly appropriate that he’s fish-food, and that jihadists are denied their martyr’s bones and a shrine to terrorism. Besides, flushing his ashes down the john next to the Oval Office would just make the White House into a jihadist shrine, so it’s just as well that didn’t happen.
And thank SEAL Team Six for their proficiency with firearms, which saved the United States probably a billion dollars in expenses that would have been required to incarcerate, try and execute Osama. Such should be the on-the-field-of-battle fate of all members of Al Quaida. No prisoners. After all, they don’t recognize the Geneva Convention, so neither should we.
Let us all now pause to thank SEAL Team Six and all the support units that made this public sanitation measure possible through their outstanding skill and courage. Thanks guys, you’re the very best we have, and I’m forever grateful that you’re out there in the bush looking after us. If I can ever do anything to help you, anything at all, just let me know.
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