Not surprisingly, everybody is still abuzz about Osama bin Laden.
For some conservatives, his death indicates a sure win for Obama in 2012. At the risk of mocking my own compatriots, I have four words for that opinion: “It’s the economy, stupid.” And I'm not the only person to think so.
Other conservatives are convinced Osama isn’t really dead. While I think that would be an exceedingly foolish move for the U.S., even under this overconfident administration, I understand the doubts. After all, why get rid of the body so mysteriously and so quickly?
Regardless, while the political right is vacillating between despondency and skepticism, the liberal left is overjoyed that their man, Obama, finally got it right. For once.
Take one of my friend’s Facebook status: “I wonder if Obama called Bush and was like, ‘Hey, where’d you put that Mission Accomplished banner?’”
Knowing the immaturity of the current president, he might very well have done just that. But that’s beside the point, considering how exceedingly silly that status is…
This May or May Not Be Obama’s “Mission Accomplished,” Depending on How You Look at It
First of all, Bush was referring to Iraq, not Osama bin Laden, when he spoke beside that now infamous banner. Despite popular thought to the contrary, there is a difference, as Bush, Cheney and Condaleeza Rice all stressed at the time and since.
Second off, as one of her other Facebook friends pointed out, implying that the death of Osama bin Laden is indicative of the end of a war is dangerously shortsighted. And isn’t that what got Bush in trouble in the first place: claiming that it was over when it wasn’t?
And let’s face it: It more than likely isn’t over. It would be nice if it was but reality is usually not that euphoric, especially not when dealing with deranged mass-murderers.
For instance, Omar bin Laden – the son of the now deceased terrorist – said back in 2010 that should his father be killed, things could get much worse for the U.S. And Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, warns that al Qaeda hid a nuclear bomb somewhere in Europe to set off if its leader was captured.
Even if that’s just mere bravado, the Taliban is already vowing to retaliate for bin Laden’s death, and Muslim clerics say that the terrorist’s burial at sea was grossly disrespectful and therefore could spark further attacks.
Looks like Obama’s idiot attempt at courtesy failed miserably. No big surprise there.
Unlike liberals, I am not going to wish that something bad happens in order to validate my vote in the presidential elections. In fact, I find that kind of thinking particularly sick and twisted.
But I’m not ready yet to throw a party yet either. And I think the U.S. and the western world should hold off on the celebrations for a little while as well if we know what’s good for us.