Death of Osama bin Laden

News that Osama bin Laden has been killed has inspired some to celebrate, but president Obama is right. The war is not over. The philosophy that permeates Al Qaeda views bin Laden’s death as martyrdom, a reward for his efforts.

YUSUFALI: They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.
PICKTHAL: Jubilant (are they) because of that which Allah hath bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not joined them but are left behind: That there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
SHAKIR: Rejoicing in what Allah has given them out of His grace and they rejoice for the sake of those who, (being left) behind them, have not yet joined them, that they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Others will aspire to accomplish more than he did. Martyrs from a millenium ago are still celebrated. If the half-life of martyrs is even a few years, the production rate still causes the number of fighters to increase dramatically. The war has only begun.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Death of Osama bin Laden

  1. Bender says:

    Of course it’s not over, even if it would be all the agencies would fuel wannabe terrorists to do their evil, catch them while they do it and thus perpetuate the “war on terrorism”. “war on terrorism” is a very important piece of a bigger cake, taking all our basic rights for privacy away. One way is to use the so called “terrorism” the other tools like iPhone/iPad/Android/WP7 etc. where people surrender their privacy by their own will…

    I have never believed in terrorism and it is the biggest hoax ever after man made global warming…

  2. Ray says:

    I just hope there’s less hatrid there.

  3. Yes. People with time on their hands often come to wrong conclusions. Others are too busy earning a living.

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    There has always been correlation between growth of population and terrorism. It wasn’t coincedence Europe faced great wave of political terrorism during the late 19th century and early 20th century. And interesting it started first from the western part of Europe and then moved to east. Just like the population growth. One of the worst countries of terrorism was my country, Finland. Some of our historians have claimed that Finland during ca. 1900 to 1918 was real “base of evilness”. One of the reason was the location near Saint Petersburg and that’s why so many russian terrorists had contacts with local finns.

    Another interesting point of view is the profile of typical terrorist murdering people. He is very often mentally sick person with some university education. Perhaps problems with social life. Conflicting picture of the world. There ain’t very many typical terrorists with real working class background.

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