This Had To Happen

I suppose I should make clear that I do not support the death penalty.  Never have.  I have never believed that there is any merit to this idea of “closure” for victims, and I am leery of letting the State take a life, the potential for abuse is just too large.

That said, I am relieved that OBL is dead.  His death will probably do little to curb terrorism throughout the world, but he had to be held accountable for planning the attacks on 9/11.  In this case, capture would have been next to impossible, and even if we had managed, would have presented a whole different set of security related problems.

I think we can be proud of the team that carried out the mission.  Even after experiencing a mechanical failure that could have caused an aborted or failed mission, they got the job done with no loss of innocent life.  Those guys had no way of knowing what the security level was inside the compound, and showed both bravery and skill and we have a right to feel proud of the work they put in.

Apparently, there was consideration given to a bombing raid, which was scrapped in favor of this mission.  President Obama clearly made the right choice.

There is probably no way to avoid turning this into a political issue, but I’m not going there today.

It feels wrong for me to rejoice in another man’s death.  That is a personal consideration, but I do understand that for many, this is a time to celebrate, and I’m inclined to be happy for them.

Wouldn’t ya hate to be the Pakistani Ambassador today?

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4 responses to “This Had To Happen

  1. democommie

    I agree with your thinking that this was the best of several unpleasant alternatives for removing a bad actor from the stage.

    I’m guessing that within 48 hours somebody on the bugfuckingnuts side of the political spectrum will have “evidence” showing that Mr. Obama authorized this action to deflect his critics aiming at his lack of an acceptable document pertaining to his birth.

    Is your question at the end referring to our Ambassador to Pakistan or their ambassador to us?

  2. Oh, theirs. He has some ‘splainin to do.

  3. democommie

    Mack:

    I wasn’t sure how you meant that, but, yes, he has some ‘splainin’ to do.

  4. My first thought was that there was NO way we’d capture bin Laden alive and put him in GITMO or wherever. We can’t even agree, as a nation, on what to do with the taxi drivers who get swept up in raids and sent to GITMO 5 years ago. Trials? Please. bin Laden was not like Saddam Hussein, a leader of a sovereign country. He was a terrorist and a fugitive living in hiding. Trying to figure out how he’d be tried and in what court (the U.S. isn’t even a member of the International Criminal Court) would just result in more partisan warfare here at home.

    But having thought about it some more I think this was ultimately the best decision from a security standpoint. Because I remember the 1970s, the Munich Olympics, the airplane hijackings, the bombings everywhere. You couldn’t get on a plane or a cruise ship and not wonder if your plane wouldn’t be hijacked by some terrorist group trying to get prisoners released from somewhere. bin Laden alive, detained somewhere, would be the biggest lightning rod the world has seen.

    I’m not in favor of the death penalty, I’m not in favor of letting the government decide who lives and who dies, but I think OBL is a separate case. He didn’t just kill people in the 9/11 attacks, he was responsible for mass casualty attacks all around the world. We weren’t his only victims.

    So, good riddance. We did the world a favor.

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