Sunday, May 15, 2011

The weekend that'll most of us will never forget

The Royal wedding bank holiday weekend will be one that most of us will never forget. The lovely wedding of Prince William to Katherine Middleton wowed the world over. We've not seen a royal wedding of this scale in decades and we spent the next couple of days mulling over how great it was. Then on the morning of the 2nd of May, we woke up to the news that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by the US Navy SEALS. It was certainly a sobering thought.

The SEALS found the largest collection of terrorist material ever. It was found that it was bin Ladin who masterminded and controlled Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda were responsible for some of the greatest terrorist acts ever seen. The most noted was the events of September 11th 2001. On that day, more than 3,000 lives were lost, these were unarmed civilians and members of the emergency services who were there to save lives. It was somewhat ironic that bin Laden was killed unarmed (though there was a struggle). It was also ironic that the man some consider a holy warrior used one of his wives as a human shield before he was killed.

As a follower of the path, it is hard to express one's feelings over the matter. Certainly, bin Laden was responsible for a lost of a great many lives, but would killing him stop future killing? No. Some suggest he should have been taken captive and tried. But at the end of the day, under who's laws? Keeping him alive would have aroused more attention and for the wrong reasons. There might have been more suicide bombings, which would have resulted in more innocent lives being lost. What has been achieved is that Al-Qaeda has been in part exposed, questions are being asked, answers have surfaced. Al-Qaeda will live on in some form or another. Another terrorist leader will arise to fill bin Laden's shoes. Killing bin Laden offered only a temporary solution, but it was a necessary evil.

As a follower of the path, I feel good people the world over must make a stand against Al-Qaeda, Islamic extremists and all that they represent. People need to understand that what they believe and preach is evil and we must draw the line to protect what is right and our freedom. I must say, it will certainly be a weekend most of us will never forget...