Osama bin Laden dead. Some thoughts.
It took great patients in our skilled military to finalize the job they started ten years ago, but you knew they would finish the mission. Working against hostile lands and people, and as it may now appear, a hostilePakistan, they tracked down the enemy and performed their duty.
The reports differed this morning (Monday) from what we heard late last night. They were telling us that bin Laden was killed days ago, and was only being announced now because they needed to confirm the identity. It was a missile that took out the compound.
This morning we learn that it was a bullet that took out the enemy ofAmericaand it was done yesterday as US Special forces converged on bin Laden’s hideout.
I am sure the story will change a few more times before the end of the month, but the bottom line is that bin Laden is room temperature now. Not that the threat is gone, but one evil threat is gone. A big fish in a pond of malice has been forever removed.
My first instinct was to go to Giant Eagle or some place that was opened late Sunday, and buy candy to hand out to anyone who would care to celebrate with me. But then I remembered how I felt when I saw Arabs doing that onSeptember 11, 2001as our people died, and our planes crashed, and buildings turned into dust. No, I would not celebrate death like those who worship Satan. I would humbly recognize that apart from Christ’s grace toward me, I too could be like Osama bin Laden or one of his followers.
I will say it, bin Laden is in hell today. I believe he knew that was his destination, and many of his followers also believed that. Otherwise they would have sought the reward they proclaimed to their followers of Jihad. The 72 virgins and rivers of wine and pleasures untold. No, bin Laden knew none of that awaited him. He followed the evil one and intentionally sought collateral damages for his cause. Today his reward is a grave in the sea and eternity apart from God.
If bin Laden really did get his 72 virgin reward his people should be celebrating today, but you will find them plotting instead. Plotting to kill more innocent people to feed their evil appetites.
There is some comfort to know that bin Laden was taken, yet the comfort is like a vapor as I consider how many evil individuals and groups are out there seeking to harm me, my family and my country. They are outside our borders and also inside. For today, and maybe tomorrow, all Americans will be as one like we were after 9-11. Then it will be back to the usual hostilities and struggles of life.
They tell me that Hitler and bin Laden both died on May 1st. Since they had so much in common, I suppose it is appropriate. On to the next mission; the only easy day was yesterday.