I am guessing that he made this announcement tonight, USA, time, so that people rising in other parts of the world would get the fresh news during the morning at the beginning of a week, as markets open, etc. Had it come at the end of the week, it would have been fodder for Friday evening Muslim sermons. It still will be, but after several days.
Nevertheless I find the timing of both the event of his killing by a small team of US operatives in a fire fight and the release of the news interesting. One friend called me facetiously to opine that they actually found him at a Taco Bell in North Carolina and flew him back to Pakistan before… you know. Moreover, the President seems now to be ready to quote a standard of American patriotism, the Pledge of Allegiance, with its strong invocation of God, when for sometime he couldn’t bring himself to quote the Declaration of Independence correctly with its reference to a Creator who gives us our rights. Color me cynical.
And now CAIR is piping up to say that it is glad that the US military got him. Color me more cynical yet.
So, Usama bin Laden is dead. He has now gone before the Just Judge and has received whatever eternal reward he merited.
I wonder what Mr. Gaddafi is thinking tonight.
I may say a prayer that he repented and God is merciful. I wonder if I will really be saying it for his sake or for my own.
I am bit concerned at the cameras on the young people jumping around like IDIOTS whooping and hollering because someone was killed. Although the kids with the “BUSH” t-shirts were amusing and perhaps not the sort of image the White House wanted. Still, this story was – thank goodness – able to bump reruns of the royal wedding off air.
I can understand the urge to celebrate that a paragraph of a chapter of US history has been brought to an end.
I would rather see Americans welcome this news with a quiet nod of the head than with squealing in the streets. (cf Proverbs 24:17) It seems to me that his death isn’t something to strut about as if it were a gold medal win at the Olympics.
I am also grateful to the military and intelligence personnel who were involved. Hard, dangerous, quiet, anonymous work for the sake of the safety of others. Navy Seals did their job.
Will sleeper cells be awakened on the news of his death? We shall see.