10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person. Worth it?
Yesterday, on May the first Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Twin Towers attack was shot and killed. Now before I go any further I would just like to say that I am not against his death, although I am personally against the death penalty I understand the necessity for him to have been shot from a distance than risk more men's lives in arresting him.
What I am against is rejoicing a mans death no matter what crimes he has committed. The achievement itself is nothing amazing, it took a decade and the direct aid of pretty much every other developed nation to bring him down. More importantly I don't advocate the resources used and lives lost in bringing down this man. More than twice the number of men where lost in subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The loss of even one more man because of Osama is horrible but twice as many as that original act is unthinkable.
Obama's justification that it sends a clear message to Terrorists that "No matter how long it takes, justice will be done" I believe is one that will not deter terrorists. If Terrorists are going to the extent of engaging in suicide attacks what makes America think that the threat of death will deter them.
Finally, and most obviously everyone must realize that it is not Obama who should be acknowledged for his death but the actual troops who acted in getting him, but I fear that forever on Obama and the death of Osama Bin Laden will become intertwined in the minds of Americans.
What's also worrying is the talk of retaliation attacks, and I think time will tell whether or not this was in fact a good thing.
Anyway, that's just the opinion of a pretentious highschool kid so why would you listen to me anyway!