The man that the US of A love to hate is officially dead as a doornail, apparently shot in a US-led commando raid on his hideout somewhere in Pakistan. When I first read the news, the first thing I felt was relief. After all, a good Khawarij is always a dead one. OBL’s greatest mistake was to pick out civilian targets for his so-called “global war” against the US, and I never could understand the rationale for doing so. If he had launched his attacks against Israel, that would have made better sense. Then again, the Khawarij never had a record for ever thinking straight or take into consideration the immense harm they would do to Islam in general and the Muslim ummah in particular by killing innocent lives.
Having said this however, there is something that I find quite disturbing in this whole drama. Radovan Karadzic and Slobodan Milosevic, both Christians and are no doubt mass-murderers and terrorists responsible for the blood of millions of innocent Muslims on their hands, were captured alive and charged in the ICJ at The Hague. To some extent, even Saddam Hussein and his cousin were tried in a court of law, although it was not perceived as either fair or just. However, OBL did not receive such a treatment, the orders were clearly to “kill him, don’t catch him”. Why are there double standards in how the US treats her enemies? This line of thought was echoed in this article from The Malaysian Insider.