Omar bin Laden is the dual winner of the Gall and You-Can’t-Be-Serious Awards for 2011. In a statement released yesterday and attributed to him, the son of Osama bin Laden charged that his father’s killing and burial at sea “demeans and humiliates” his family. I’ve stopped my expletive-filled sputtering long enough to include part of the statement below. Take a look.
We hold the American President Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims.
But, wait, there’s more. The New York Times runs a statement from the family of Osama bin Laden, which doesn’t include the above paragraph but does include an equally gasp-worthy demands.
If OBL has been killed in that operation as President of United States has claimed then we are just in questioning as per media reports that why an unarmed man was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world. If he has been summarily executed then, we question the propriety of such assassination where not only international law has been blatantly violated but USA has set a very different example whereby right to have a fair trial, and presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law has been sacrificed on which western society is built and is standing when a trial of OBL was possible for any wrongdoing as that of Iraqi President Sadam Hussein and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems and crime’s adjudication as Justice must be seen to be done.
Omar bin Laden points out in his missive that he always disagreed with his father and condemned his acts of violence. Yeah, fine. Whatever.
Look, on the crystal clear morning of Sept. 11, 2001, two planes struck and caused the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, a plane slammed into the Pentagon and a plane was intentionally crashed in a Pennsylvania field so that it couldn’t hit its intended target in Washington. There were 2,752 people killed that day. They were denied the presumption of innocence by bin Laden. Their murder was arbitrary. They were summarily executed.
That Osama bin Laden’s family feels humiliated and demeaned is the height of nerve. Bin Laden was a murderer. The families of his victims and their nation demanded justice. And justice was done.