Assalamu alaikum, so yeah Bin Laden is (supposedly to some) dead, whether it happened this past Sunday or some other time. And I can’t say I feel one way or the other about it, I kinda have mixed feelings about it.
I mean, I’d come home from an outing Sunday evening, had gone to bed, and decided to take one last peek at my Twitter and I started seeing the tweets that Bin Laden was dead, and then after telling my husband, I was like “hey it’s almost 11 o’clock I’m going to bed”, and that’s what I did. Although I did briefly wake up during Obama’s press conference. But I didn’t celebrate, I didn’t chant “USA, USA, USA”, while waving the American flag, I just went to sleep, because I knew I had work in the morning, I knew it was going to be a busy day, and I wasn’t going to call off just because I didn’t get enough sleep.
The thing is, I don’t know if 9/11 was some kinda conspiracy, or anything like that, I can’t even say for sure if this latest “Bin Laden is dead but maybe not ’cause they didn’t show the body ’cause he either isn’t dead or was dead a long time ago” stuff is real, imagined, or just cooked up by the “evil mainstream media”, not to mention the President, but assuming that he was killed the way everyone says he was, this past Sunday, I just don’t feel one way or the other about it, i.e., not overly happy, not overly sad. And even if they took a million photographs of his body, I just don’t think some of us would be satisfied, because I can’ hear it now. “Oh that’s photo shopped” or “oh that’s not really him because Bin Laden has a scar somewhere or a crook in his nose and these photos don’t have that and I just know it’s not him”. Or something like that.
Let’s just assume the guy is dead, and assume the reason why there are not a proliferation of photos of his bullet-riddled body for all of us to oogle over and say yay or nay as to whether it’s really him or not, are because some people might be offended by that, or all of the other reasons we’ve been given for why there are not any photos.
What I’m getting at and doing a horrible job at is, now that he’s supposedly (though maybe not really) dead, is that going to have an affect on my life? Am I going to be able to have an easier time flying, is my life as a Muslim living in a seemingly increasingly hostile “anti-sharia” America going to get any better now that this guy is supposedly (though maybe not really) dead?
I’m not saying I’m naive or anything, but the seeming proliferation of “Bin Laden really isn’t dead or he was already dead” theories just kinda bothers me. Though I’m not coherent enough at the moment to say exactly why. But I’d imagine that if his daughter and wife, etc., are saying that they actually saw him being shot, etc., then I’m just not as ready to believe that “oh my gosh they’re all lying to us”, at least not this time anyway. Though I guess you could say that the “wife and daughter seeing him shot” bit is all part of the conspiracy too. Though for me anyway, if I run around in circles looking for a conspiracy around every corner, then I’m just going to make myself dizzy, and then I’ll be no better than the so-called “birthers” who no matter what kinda documentary evidence is presented refuse to believe that Obama was born in the US, or even Andrew Breitbart who is taking the tack of some people (even Muslims) that I’ve seen on Facebook, pretty much demanding “incontrovertable proof”, i.e., photos, etc., that Bin Laden is really dead. Who knew, Andrew Breitbart and Muslims actually agreeing on something. I mean, I’m not the type to believe everything I read/hear/see, and I definitely believe in checking the veracity of a claim/story and all, but anything coming from Andrew Breitbart, who’s been known to make up a few lies/stories himself, is something that I’d take with a huge block of salt, not just the grain. And I don’t even want to get into the propensity of some Muslims to either fall head over heels for a story (remember Michael Jackson anyone?) or insist on believing some of the most outlandish conspiracy theorites anyone could dream up.
But anyway. The thing is, I don’t know if Bin Laden is really dead or not. I’m assuming he is, and even if he is or is not, it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to have any more positive of an affect on me or us as Muslims here in this country, I mean, they’re already talking of how we can’t let our guard down, from a security point of view, and how there might be revenge attacks and how there are other “al-Qaeda-like” groups out there. So I really don’t think Bin Laden’s death (whether real, faked, or imagined), is really going to change anything.