by Jane Briggs-Bunting
Osama Bin Laden is dead.
The first news reports gave me an eerie feeling to know he died with a bullet to his head. It seemed more like a hit than a battle at that time. My Christian sensibilities rebelled at the thought of assassination and murder even of such an evil person. My human sensibilities applauded the death of a man who orchestrated the murders of so many others, a 21st Century Adolph Hitler.
I felt much better when I learned Navy Seals killed him in a firefight. Good riddance to a mass murderer. Burial at sea, once the proof of his identity using DNA was incontrovertibly established and in accordance with Muslim religious observances, was a brilliant tactical decision.
No body to become a shrine. No high security trial. Sadly, this won’t end the threat or reality of transnational terrorism, and heightened security measures are being taken to protect U.S. citizens and U.S. interests.
It’s up to a higher power now to decide his eternal fate. Or, if, as Buddhists, Hindus and some Native American tribes believe, reincarnation occurs, he will have many lessons to learn in his next life.
And the best news is the Navy Seals escaped uninjured and unharmed. To them, thank you for your courage, training, meticulous planning and a successful mission.