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There is nothing normal about celebrating death

Jody McIntyre

113546409 254x300 There is nothing normal about celebrating deathI thought justice was about bringing people to trial for crimes they have committed, not targeted assassinations.  It seems I was wrong.  I thought disdain for Britain and the US was born from our imperialist foreign policy, not one man recording video messages.  It seems I was wrong.  First, NATO bomb Libya and kill three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren, and people celebrate.  What were the crimes of those children?  Or is it acceptable to celebrate their deaths because they are ‘the devil’s spawn’?

Today, we are celebrating the death of former CIA employee Osama Bin Laden.  Why are there no photographs of his body?  Why was he buried in the sea?  Why is he not on trial?  Of course, we are not encouraged to question the official line.

Can one man be solely responsible for atrocities that kill thousands of people?  As with Saddam Hussein, as with Muammer Gaddafi, the complete dehumanisation of Osama Bin Laden as an individual has served as the pretext for the killing of hundreds of thousands of people.  If we were to follow the logic that the killing of one man called Bin Laden comprises ‘justice’ for the thousands of victims of 9/11, then what would ‘justice’ for the estimated one million Iraqis dead since the US and British-led invasion of Iraq entail?

The truth is, the conditions that allow Bin Laden’s ideology to proliferate still exist.  The colonialist Israeli occupation of Palestine still exists.  The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan still exist.  The bombing of Libya continues.  We do not celebrate those victims of our ‘military humanitarianism’; rather, we completely ignore them.

If Osama Bin Laden was killed today, then is the world a better place?  Should we feel safer?  I do not feel safer to know that a country with a thousand military bases across the world still holds the arrogant vision of itself as the world’s policeman.  I think there is another reason Bin Laden would never be put on trial; perhaps then, we could have found out who he was taking his orders from?

“I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence,” sings rapper Lupe Fiasco on his latest single, ‘Words I Never Said’, “Fear is such a weak emotion that’s why I despise it / We’re scared of almost everything afraid to even tell the truth…”

When will we stop allowing our fears to blind our sense of humanity?

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  • Guest

    Is it too hard to distinguish between the death of innocent people in the 911 attacks and the execution of an Islamist monster in Pakistan? You are comparing celebrating the death of a monster with celebrating the death of innocent people? Are u a part of the ummah cult? I refuse to believe that people can be this dumb or immoral without a reason.

  • Guest

    Haha. Correct. Or the feeling of satisfaction after emptying the trash.

  • Guest

    Haha.What???

  • tzv

    Haha.That.

  • tdmorg

    I am a staunch atheist. What drives me is a quest for the truth, backed up by nunerous amounts of evidence put forward by objective (i.e. non-mainstream media with government and financial ties to the institution) sources seeking to expose the dictatorship that is the US government which masks itself as a free society. Not once does Jody refer to ‘9/11 truthers’ as you call them.

    Where’s the independant public inquiry? Where’s another example of a steel structure collapsing (bearing in mind steel combusts at around 1800 degrees, jet fuel combusts at 1400 – do the maths). I could go on. It was an inside job.

    Never underestimate the power of denial.

  • Globe14

    Are you an “idiot”? You mentioned “article” on a “news”paper website, but Oh! I am so sorry, you were more concerned with “current affairs”!! The distinction is so clear now, elucidation is key.
    Perhaps you could just clarify at what chronological point the current affair becomes news, at which time my point will become valid, I say yesterday, you may say today. These days the to points are irrelevant. Up to date technological advances in communication helped primarily by the use of the internet has sped up the way we spread and disseminate news, with a rich source of information and means to spread said information news is no longer a current affair in a singular aspect.
    An amalgamation of past and present news, constantly updating (check how many times this website will update a day) means current affairs now progress through multiple articles, stories and blogs. This has become so constant it has lead from investigative journalism of what has happened to the quasi-news reporting which looks to what will happen, as more information is awaited for. So, current affairs are segmented as news stories and happen through drip feeding. You want to be a journalist, you will be writing news, not current affairs, like an etymologist makes words not stories.
    As for the swing and miss, you turned up at the wrong ballpark old man.

  • nelsonrappaport

    @Joshiedoozie
    Not to mention every Israeli president, prime minister, defense (offense) minister in Israel’s history. Trial? What trial? Court? What court? The mob got it right. Crucify him. Same mob 2000 years apart.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cdw610 Christopher Wilson

    Maybe you should look into your list of “attacks” and distinguish those which were simple evacuations of US embassies or assistance to UN missions. I wouldn’t call that type of involvement a justification for your claim that America is a big bad empire. I don’t mean to say that I condone all of the US’s military involvement in foreign countries but I find your categorization of any sort of US military involvement as an attack to be offensive and manipulative. I also find it interesting that you include instances like Sierra Leone in 1997 when US military personnel were deployed in Freetown to undertake the evacuation of US government employees and US citizens but you don’t include Rwanda 1993 where US troops were deployed to do the exact same thing. Could the reason be that people know that the US presence in Rwanda was brief and minimal (and has been widely criticized for this exact reason) and by no means constituted an attack so this might lead people to question the criteria that you are using? When it comes to presenting the facts you are about as credible as fox news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.najjar Jackie Najjar

    we are living like robots in a system that taught us to say always yes. Do you know what I mean? I mean that we are always receiving information and reacting !!!
    Let’s take the death of Osama Bin Laden. He was killed, people were divided into groups: some people were very happy, some people were indifferent and others might prepare for a revenge etc etc etc. The groups of people reacted each in reference to their backgrounds, environment and benefits.
    As Jody said: The Death of Osama didn’t make him more secure, well I will think that the assassination of Al-Qaida’s leader made me insecure. Al-Qaida is not Only Osama Bin Laden?? So what was the point of killing him? Killing him will make his followers more motivated, don’t you think?
    In which religion killing is accepted? in which low and in which human rights organization the death of a person (despite who he/she is) is a solution? I will be very naive and say “Why didn’t they arrested him?”
    When I said that this article is beyond some people’s maturity, I meant by that: we are victims of a system that is pushing us to be far away from values.
    I would like to share with you something I read few years ago: “During the past few decades, we have lived in a culture that has privileged fame, money and power. Many of us have been led to believe that these were the only values worth pursuing, unaware that the real, behind-the-scenes manipulators remain anonymous. These manipulators understand that the most effective power is the kind that goes unnoticed by anyone – until it is too late, and we are trapped.”

  • ahtohg

    Too many errors to comment on. You seem to include in your definition of ‘attack’: NATO Activity, all military support (training), blockades, and selling arms to a country. Same standard put on the UK, the list would be just as long.


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