Tuesday, May 3, 2011

COMMENTARY: DEATH OF A TYRANT



"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
 or close the wall with our English dead!
 In peace there is nothing so becomes a man
 as modest stillness and humility:
 But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
 Then imitate the action of the tiger;
 Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
 Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage:" Henry The Fifth.

Earlier this year when the peaceful upheavals began, first in Tunisia, then Egypt, and then on to other Arab countries, my first impression was that Al Qaeda had become marginalized, and useless, and outdated. No longer did people in the Middle East have to become violent to transform their countries into their own versions of democracy. The reason for optimism in my view, is because it was the youth that led these peaceful revolutions, the youth that through modern technology, have seen what is possible for them in countries where they were little more than serfs to not so benevolent dictators. I submit that these young people, and the population in general, are tired of conflict and religious fervor and the violence advanced by Al Qaeda in all its mutative forms, and the cannibalization of their religion..

I believe that the death of bin Laden will accelerate positive progress in the Middle East, and at the same be a warning to those who harbor ill intentions, that we will not rest until we hunt them down and destroy them. Mr. Obama, who has been criticized for being timid in his approach to foreign policy, has shown that he can disguise fair nature with hard favoured rage. I also believe that these terrorist will in the words Longfellow “will fold their tents and silently steal away."

As Zbigniew Brzezinski said earlier today, all those who sympathize and are outraged at the death of this monster are supporters of the 911 attack and no friends of freedom and democracy..

Hopefully through the determination of the United States and bravery of our military, we will have ushered in a new era of cooperation, understanding and peace in this ever changing world we all love so much. I have and always will be an optimist; I don't have any other choice.

Commentary by pele

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