Osama Bin Ladn has been killed. That is good. Whether he has been brought “to justice” is a question best left to metaphysicians and scholars that have too much time on their hands. In my humble view, there can be no justice in any meaningful sense of the word for one who commits the atrocities he has committed and to which he has devoted much of his life.
The heroism of our Navy SEALS and military is beyond stunning.
Whether Bin Ladn’s death will have any beneficial effect, significant or otherwise, on the so called ‘war on terror’ or the war against Islamic fascism is questionable. There are innumerable jihadists waiting in line to fill Bin Ladn’s position.
Most perplexing to me is the rapid burial of Bin Ladn. President Obama evidently chose to treat Bin Ladn as a Muslim leader and thus, accorded to Bin Ladn, some sense of dignity in following Islamic traditions regarding burying the dead or disposing of the body. According to Robert Spencer, who I heard this morning on an interview on the Peter Boyle’s show in Denver, this method of burying Bin Ladn was a demonstration of respect for Bin Ladn.
If Robert Spencer is correct, and he is an internationally recognized authority in Islam, then the treatment of Bin Ladn’t body impresses me as obscene. If President Obama gave such direction regarding the burial as the consequence of a political calculation that he saw benefit in demonstrating to Muslims that Obama was sensitive to their customs and wanted to show respect to Islam, then it seems to me that Obama is naïve at best and pandering at worst. It is preposterous to assert or to believe that followers of Bin Ladn will become less committed because of how he was buried.
Here is a statement from Hugh Hewitt’s blog posted moments ago:
Monday, May 02, 2011
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 8:56 AM
Great thanks to the incredible warriors who who went to this compound and did this mission:
From the New York Times account:
He was hiding in the medium-sized city of Abbottabad, home to a large Pakistani military base and a military academy of the Pakistani Army.
The house at the end of a narrow dirt road was roughly eight times larger than other homes in the area, but had no telephone or Internet connections. When American operatives converged on the house on Sunday, Bin Laden “resisted the assault force” and was killed in the middle of an intense gun battle, a senior administration official said, but details were still sketchy early Monday morning…
In addition to Bin Laden, three men were killed during the 40-minute raid, one believed to be his son and the other two his couriers, according to an American official who briefed reporters under White House ground rules forbidding further identification. A woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant, the official said, and two others wounded.
There is a dramatic story of enormous courage and competence hinted at in those three paragraphs, one I hope is told before long by the participants in the mission. Even though they are obviously the elite of elite warriors, they are also part of an American military which has, in the 10 years since the attack on America, done amazing things with incredible courage and at incredible cost. The actual participants will receive rightly receive an enormous amount of praise and thanks when, if ever, their identities are known, but every man and woman who has worn a uniform over the past decade helped bring justice to Osama bin Laden and they all deserve thanks, as do the civilians who supported them in the long war –the war that of course continues and which will hopefully find out Zawahiri’s hiding hole next.
UPDATE: Politico’s Mike Allen has details of the assault.