So unless you have been living in a cave on mars with your eyes shut and cotton wool in your ears you've probably heard that Osama Bin Laden is dead, at least according to the world media.
He was shot two days ago and his body was buried at sea. Suposedly this was because no country wanted to claim his body, or that they didn't want any terrorists still out there to turn his grave into a shrine. Also Islamic custom demands that a corpse be buried 24 hours after its death. Desert culture, supposed to stop disease. Many scoff the ideal of the American military respecting Islamic customs but I think its as least as plausible as anything else. If he is dead then he may be food for the fish now, or he maybe forzen in a morgue drawer somewhere being kept as CIA trophy, his head to be stuffed and put upon Obama's wall. Perhaps he's not dead at all, just being kept alive while Joe Public is told he is no more. We may never know. No doubt conspiracy theorists are at this minute detailing stories about how he did indeed survive and is somewhere out there with Adolf Hitler, Elvis and Princess Diana, design fresh plots of world domination when their club of evil is compete.
Meanwhile the rest of us get on with our lives. American's gather to cheer and celebrate while the rest of the world looks on in judgement and Facebook profiles are awash with the same Martin Luther King quote: 'I mourn the loss...and all that jazz'. No one had that quote up when Saddam Hussain was filmed being hanged, perhaps too many had forgotten about him.
It's an odd sentiment, to celebrate about death. In any form it surprises me, after the tsunami in Japan I found a youtube video of a girl gloating that she'd prayed for the world to be made aware of God and then a level nine earthquake had devestated Japan. She started by talking about how merciful God was and ended with saying his wrath could do such terrible things. Of the 25,000 dead she made no mention.
Sadly, though, the truth is that when the dust settles and when we cut down the twitching corpses from the gibbet, the world is still here and the surviors have to get on with everything. Stopping isn't an option. But should we celebrate that someone else hasn't survived, even if they've killed others? We're too used to seeing movie baddies get their comeuppance and can't realate what we see on the news to real people anymore. It too nearly 60 years before Hitler could be portrayed on screen as anything less than a monster, by next year we'll probably be seeing Osama at the pictures, Hollywood will make him a likeable monster: fataly flawed but fascinating. Then they'll bury him at sea.
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