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Pretentiousness and Osama bin Laden

As we know, I hate pretentious people. Or fake people of any kind. And brand of hypocrite or liar will basically annoy me enough to make me want to scratch out someone’s eyes, and people who hold up false pretenses are no exception. 

When bin Laden was killed I was on tumblr- I saw a post about him being assassinated and I thought it was a joke. It was only the next day, when it was plastered all over the news, that I came to realize that the post was not, in fact, a joke, but possibly one of the greatest pieces of news I would ever hear.

I know celebrating another human being’s death is probably not a good thing and all life is precious but frankly- as an American, and someone who remembers 9/11 and has a mother who knows people who died in the Towers- I would freaking dance on his grave. If he had a grave other than the ocean. Killing people then celebrating about it under normal conditions is wrong. But bin Laden was no ordinary man, and you’d have to be an utter fool to think otherwise. This is the person who is responsible for 3000 deaths on 9/11 and tens of thousands of deaths internationally. He made a terrorist organization that hates our entire  country merely for existing. Most of the people who want to blow us into the next life have probably never even met an American. It’s a hateful organization founded on ignorance, violence, and intentional misinterpretation of a peaceful religion.

When babies die of famine in Africa, that is worthy of sadness. When people get killed in accidents or get shot in drive-bys, that is worthy of mourning. When someone who is personally responsible for running a terrorist organization and tens of thousands of deaths (including a few thousand in my country), that is not worthy of a nanosecond of my sadness.

I could go on but I think you get the idea.

I don’t like bin Laden.

That being said, imagine my reaction when I saw this:

Needless to say, it was bad.

This was posted by a facebook friend of mine who was demoted from IRL friendship about a year ago for (you guessed it) unbearable pretentiousness. Maybe if I knew that they were genuinely reluctant about celebrating a human being’s decease it would soften my irritation, but they’re not that kind of person. This statement was made purely for attention-seeking reasons. That, compounded with my already-negative feelings about OBL, made me rage just a tiny bit.

Bin Laden was not broken or in need of grace. He was evil and in need of a bullet to a few of his vital organs(or an arrow to the knee- No? Is that joke too old? Sorry.)

The good news is only five people liked the status- meaning that all 700 of her other facebook friends are with me, in the “Dancing On His Non-Existent  Grave” boat. So there’s hope for humanity yet.

He was living a half a mile from Pakistan’s version of West Point in a town surrounded by ex-(Pakistani) military officers. A half-mile. Lemme put that in New York City terms: bin Laden was on 21st (Street) and 7th Avenue; the (Pakistani military) was on 21st and 9th Avenue. If the Pakistani military academy were Domino’s, they would have delivered to bin Laden on foot.
JON STEWART, reacting to a Pakistani official’s claim, last year, that Osama bin Laden was “not in Pakistan,” on The Daily Show (via inothernews)

It's Okay To Be Smart: How did they verify bin Laden's DNA?


You’ve no doubt got plenty of news blogs to follow for the latest on bin Laden’s death. One thing jumped out at me that I thought I should address on my science blog.

After announcing the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden yesterday, the US was careful to report that the body they…

 In short, there is a  1 in 575 trillion chance that the guy the Navy SEALS killed was NOT bin Laden. Rest easy.

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