3519 Days Coming

It would appear that the man who brought brought death and terror to the United States on September 11, 2001 is dead. While Helen of Troy is said to have been so beautiful that her face “launched a 1000 ships,” Osama bin Laden’s face launched thousands of missiles, bombs and all the other machines and munitions of war.

For almost 10 years, bin Laden has been the face of this hard-to-understand “War on Terror.” Unfortunately, he was not the leader of a unified opposition to the Great Satan. Killing him will not result in a nearly immediate cessation of hostilities. In the short term, killing him will probably increase the risk to our citizens, military, and friends and allies around the world as those who supported and looked up to bin Laden as a hero seek to vengeance for his death.

While the joyous response on the part of many Americans is understandable, we have hard days ahead of us. May we remain strong and clearheaded as we support those who continue to sacrifice their lives, one day at a time, in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world.

6 thoughts on “3519 Days Coming

  1. I’m ready to reject the “killing bin laden increases risk” argument. al-Qaeda and other terrorists ahve always wanted to hurt us. Whatever plans they had in the oven for us are still in the oven this morning. If they blow something up tomorrow, they’ll call it payback for bin Laden, but if we hadn’t killed bin Laden, they’d call it payback for Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Western tyranny in general. The committed terrorists are no more motivated now than they were Friday. On the whole, I’ll bet we’ve decreased the terrorist threat, slightly but noticeably, by eliminating a key leader and resource. We can’t let our guard down (though we could still do without useless and degrading TSA searches and unconstitutional warrantless wiretaps), but the world is not more dangerous today short-term or long-term, than it was last week.

    1. I do not think it increases the overall risk, but it does tend to bunch up the risk in the near term (n my opinion) if only because all the different organizations out there what to get on the record as doing their bit to avenge bin Laden.

      Yes, I think it is a good thing that we’ve taken him out of the equation. No, I’m not saying that we should not do so because it may negatively change the risk.

  2. The world is not safer because one homicidal terrorist is dead, no matter how high up the food-chain he was. There always has been and will be somebody to take his place.

    The world is not more dangerous, either. I don’t even think this “bunches up” the risk. It changes the risk. We will now have a certain degree of in-fighting among the various factions vying for supremacy – inevitable in a loose-knit organization focused on one supreme leader. There will be recriminations against Pakistani authorities and others deemed complicit in the attack, too.

    In that vying for supremacy, there will also be some who wish to attack the Great Satan, but many of those attacks will be hasty and easily repulsed. The intel garnered from his compound has yet to be processed, too and we must remember that they do not know how much or what is known by our commanders.

    If we are able to continue to aggressively pursue our objectives, getting inside the “decision cycle” of our enemies, then we will continue to keep them off balance. They’ll lash out, but they’ll have difficulty coordinating and organizing. If we figure the work’s done, then our enemies will regroup and there’ll be serious trouble ahead. It’s not greater or lesser risk, but different risks and opportunities.

    1. So, it is not just nature that abhors a vacuum–evil also does. Rather reminds one of James 4:2 and following.

      When I wrote the article, I had not yet read about the hard drives, etc which were taken in the raid. That information, along with the pushing and pulling which must herald a change in leadership will probably tend toward confusion, as you have noted.

      This was, as Grandma would say “A good piece of work done.” We must not, however, rest on our laurels.

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