When people speak in hyperbole about the fight against terrorists, the motive many use is the phrase, “to make the world safer for our children.” They argue that it is not a fight just for today but to keep our world, our culture, our country safe for the kids to live in and inherit. And the biggest “bad guy” out there that had been seen as a threat to our safety? Osama bin Laden. Exactly eight years after George Bush’s declaration of ‘Mission Accomplished,’ Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Almost ten years ago, the worst attack on U.S. soil occurred, and finally the man reportedly responsible for the death of thousands – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters – has been silenced. 9-11, was the evil plan of Bin Laden’s and his group Al Qaeda as part of their commitment – as Barack Obama put it – “to killing innocence in our country and around the world.”
But with Osama bin Laden dead does this make the world finally safe for our children? Will we no longer feel the threat of terrorism?
Sorry to burst the bubble but you shouldn’t get the champagne and streamers out and start taking finger nail clippers and water bottles onto the plane just yet. Bid Laden being killed will likely make many, many terrorists, terrorists in training, or those just waiting to give terrorism a try, a fire in their belly. There will be someone just as hungry, just as angry, and ready and very willing to carry on his work.
There is already word that the terrorist threat level will be on the upswing, with fear of retribution. Al Qaeda will – no doubt – continue after their founder and leader has been killed. This could invigorate them rather than stunt them. In Yemen, Al Qaeda is reportedly going strong, they could use this as a rally cry, making Osama bin Laden a martyr. Pundits are already stating that we must move ahead with “great caution.”
So will our children be living in a safer world? Will they not have to be frisked going through airport screening? Will there be less fear that enemies of our country might not harm our citizens. Sadly the answer is probably no. Do you think Osama bin Laden’s death will make a difference? Will the world be safer for our children?
Photo by Lydia Russell of her son Jake