19th Century Humanities

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America's Hunt

By: Ingrid Liu
       It has come to the attention of the world that there are security problems in the country of America due to the fact that Osama bin Laden was still alive. But on May 2nd, the killing of Osama finally made some Americans and people around the world relieved. Nonetheless, there are still some people out there who continues feeling insecure. Moreover, there are people out there who are seeking for revenge. Why is that so?
        First of all, if you focus on how fathers bare their children, they usually spend time with their children either working on their homework or talk with them about the problems they have in school. But has it ever occurred to people that Osama bin Laden is a father too? 
         When most people think of Osama bin Laden, they think of a bloodthirsty murderer who destructed practically the entire world. What they don't think of is a loving father. Nevertheless, Bin Laden spawned dozens of children in his 54 years of life, and according to his last will and testament, it is believed that he loved them dearly.
         Later on in the text, Bin Laden even apologizes to his children for not having spent enough time with them due to his commitment to war and escaping from the people who are trying to track him down. "I have chosen a path fraught with dangers and endured hardships, disappointment and betrayal," he writes. "If it wasn’t for betrayal, things would be different today. As for you, my sons, forgive me, if I failed to devote more of my time to you, since I answered the call to Jihad."
          At any rate, the children of Osama bin Laden would've felt extreme hatred when the American government, CIA, and military had decided to kill Osama bin Laden instead of only capturing him; however, it is Osama bin Laden's wish that his children will not join Al-Queda or get themselves involved in any of the activities that has to do with war. His ultimate wish is for them to be normal kids devoted in their school work and to make their lives upright excluding the complexity that will bring them stress in life. This overall shows the loving care Osama has for his kids.

          How is it that American government didn't think first before they act? It is essential that they have to consider the fact that if they kill Osama bin Laden, there will still be hundreds of "Osama bin Laden juniors" out there who will be seeking for revenge. If they think about it, Islam people are known to be united people. They sacrifice for each other because they know that brotherhood/ sisterhood is the most important thing. 
          Ninety-three percent of people approved the U.S. military action of killing Osama bin Laden. But is it the right thing to do? Is it right to kill the father of a dozen children? Is it right to go after someone who has united supporters around him and will stand up for him no matter what? Is it right?