By Geoffrey Cook, TMO
Charlotte (N.C.)–May 5th–Coming home from the Southeast of the United States, I find myself in the Charlotte (North Carolina) airport. Charlotteâ€™s is the Seventeenth largest city in the United States. In the last several years, Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, now the second largest after New York City, and the shenanigans here — such the executives of the Bank of America headquartered there, etc. — were partially the cause of the collapse of the housing market and the recession which followed from which, now, the B. Hussein Osama Administration is fighting to emerge.
Charlotte is referred to as the Queen City because the surrounding County was named after the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg, the Queen Consort of the (infamous â€œmadâ€ English) King George (the III) of American Revolutionary fame. So, Charlotte is an (old for an American) city. It is close to both the Appalachian (Mountains) and the Atlantic (Ocean).
Charlotte is not my story, but I was there when Osama bin-Laden was finally hunted down, and â€œslaughtered,â€ and, by the time I reached home on the North American Pacific Rim, he had been buried at sea; so, like Hitler last century, there would be no place for like-minded people to pilgrimage.
Arriving home last night, one of our regional (Oakland, Calif.) local evening news shows did a man-on-the-Street â€œsurveyâ€ segment of (San Francisco) Bay Area (U.S.) citizens reaction to the â€œassassinationâ€ of an (undeniably) mass murderer (if you reject the conspiracy theories over 9-11 which I, personally, do). There was one extremely thoughtful response from a Vietnam veteran: â€œLook., I was forced to take human lives, and sometimes this is necessary, but there is no pleasure in it!â€ He is quite right. While on this earth, life is the most valuable thing we can have, for it is only during life we can repent before Allah (SVT), and prepare ourselves for a righteous entrance into Paradise. Bin-Laden had taken human life unmercifully, and his bloody ending is what a life of violence will lead. That is, by his actions, his early death was inevitable.
Fortunately, in my (forced) service as a young man, I never had to slaughter another soul, or, for that matter had been eradicated myself by an alien-commissioned â€œadversary.â€ either! God is, indeed Great (and mercifully compassionate) to me!
Further, as an Afro-American woman interviewed on the aforementioned program, who had lost her son in battle in Afghanistan, said, because she was a Christian, she could take no delight in his passing, and Muslims, also, should not take delight in such a dispatch because he made the lives of American Muslims Hell, and worldwide more Muslim than non-Muslims had died from his policies!
Although an evil and dangerous man, there is no joy in his death, for while we are alive we can repent before Allah (swt). I cannot bemoan his passing, even though this man was responsible for so many — especially civilian deaths — in my natal land, and began a tragic war — like the Fuhrer in Germany. I cannot delight in his death because like the Vietnam veteran, it has come to this. I celebrate the bravery of the (U.S.) elite SEALS who accomplished what they were trained to do for their citizens! According to reports, they did attempt to take him alive; so, we could see his sins of cruelty (or not); thus, the world could judge him in the bright light of day, and pronounce fitting justice in the cold thoughtfulness like the aloof International Courts in Nuremburg after the Second World War.