May 2, 2011

Turning the Page

The killing of Osama bin Laden couldn't have come at a better time for the world. We can now turn the page on a dark period in our history. Instead of Americans perceiving this as the face of the Muslim world:


We can look to the faces of the true heroes and freedom fighters in the Muslim world who learned that peaceful means are much more effective against tyranny than indiscriminate murder.


Let us take this opportunity to put the War on Terror behind us and form new alliances with the heroes in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and beyond who are standing up for liberty  and the right of self-determination. Let us do this even when it is in conflict with our own economic interests as a nation. The greatest weapon we have against extremism is solidarity with the oppressed. We have to not only remember the pain of these last ten years, but learn from them. If we do, we won't have to see these last ten years repeated in another thirty.

14 comments:

  1. Don't be so optimistic. Wars aren't over yet, and it would be irresponsible to get out so soon just because we eliminated a fairly tactically useless figure.

    Good for morale, but the wars must go on. I wish it were like chess; you killed the king, the other side gives in and loses, but sadly, the "cell" organization of AQ make people incredibly expendable.

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  2. Well put Christopher. I love your optimism. And I hope that the east and west can finally reconcile their differences and eradicate all traces of terrorism that Osama leaves behind as legacy. But by peaceful means. The more bloodshed there is, the more haters there will be, from both ends.

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  3. Nice sentiment,. I hope you're right.
    mood
    Moody Writing

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  4. The fighting and purposeful misunderstandings between the Christian and Muslim world has been going on for 1300+ years.

    But this might be the year...

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  5. That's funny, as I was reading this I thought, this guy must be a cubs fan. I'd completely forgotten that you were from Chicago until I just looked. I don't know why I thought that. Maybe it's your optimism.

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  6. I found it interesting all the "usa! usa!" chanting going on and big smiles, just like they used to do for hanging in years past. Celebration of an eye for an eye. It took them TEN years to find him and he was in a city down the street from a military academy. He may be dead but just because we kill Hitler doesn't mean we eliminate the Nazi Party, and Bin Laden may have orchestrated this but we and the Saudis helped him get rich in the first place back in the 1980s, and one man was not responsible for all deaths - a whole lot of people were involved. I know I'm all over the place on my soapbox but there just is something that creeps me out with the USA chanting, like we're so much better than everyone else which is just crap. sigh. Revenge doesn't leave me satisfied...

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  7. I'm actually of the opinion that it's a little naive to think we don't live in a completely changed world. Tactically bin Laden might not be that big of a deal, but symbolically he is. The reason Osama was able to attract followers is because Arab countries were being depressed and he was really the only one striking back. The reason it is time to turn the page is because everyone can now see that Osama's tactics have failed. Terrorism didn't bring down any dictators, peaceful action did. Anyone can see that, and that is why Al-Qaeda has lost its draw, that is why we live in a fundamentally different time than we did say 8 years ago.

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  8. I agree with Ecogrrl above, on that one death does not mean that this is all over. Moreover, the USA too lies at fault when we go back into history and realize that it was them who created this monster for their purposes. And now its Pakistan who apparently kept him safe. So to say, each of our governments are completely insane and make life difficult for us ordinary citizens. They also instigate hate and fear amongst all of us for each other. I have been reading a lot of comments elsewhere where people from USA are bashing Pakistanis as if it was our fault that Osama was hiding out in our vacation resort. Just depressing.

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  9. Definitely a momentous time in history. I think Twitter exploded last night.

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  10. I luffles my pizza, but sometimes it's not worth the constipation it causes. Moderation isn't something my brain understands when faced with Dominos XD

    Osama's alleged death doesn't change the fact that I can no longer embroider or knit to pass the time on planes. Coz you could TOTALLY hijack a plane with an inch-long blunt needle and a similarly sized pair of scissors.

    Hopefully this event will lessen America's innate xenophobia and make it a less terrifying travel prospect. As awesome as the Natural History Museum is, I'd rather NOT go to a country where I could get shot for speaking funny. . .

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  11. That would be very nice . . . I guess I'm more pessimistic on this point. But I sure like your hope a lot better. :)

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