4 May 2011

Was There A 'Right' Way To Bury Bin Laden?

When the world's most wanted man was finally found and killed in the early hours of Monday morning, many people breathed a sigh of relief. Other people's stomachs, mine included, turned to knots. I heard the news and at once I felt anxious. It was a great day and a step forward for the war against terrorism but there will, with out a doubt, be massive consquences to his death.

The USA have stated that they do have photos of Osama Bin Laden, from after they killed him. They have said they will release the photos but they are not sure when and how to go about it. It has to be done as there are many who simply do not believe that Bin Laden is dead and that the whole thing is a sham. The abrupt sea burial is questionable. Even for such a terrible person, like Bin Laden, being dumped at sea is disrespectful. If terrorists killed a UK or a USA leader, which in respect was what Bin Laden was to some people, and then dumped them at sea, UK and USA citizens would be outraged at this occurrence. Muslims do not bury the dead in the sea. They do not cremate their people either, the only way that is respectable for a Muslim person is for them to be buried. Surely the USA could have buried him in an unknown location, high up in some mountains or a similar sort of location getting rid of the problem of his grave becoming a shrine.

"I mourn the death of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy" which was said by Martin Luther King seems appropriate. We should celebrate that the man who has brought about so much fear and sadness will no longer be here to hurt anymore, but we should not be happy in anyone's death. He may have murdered thousands of people, and what he did is anything but right, but he was still a father to children and a wife to more than several women.
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