By Anver Suliman – Media Review Network

(source: Citizen Newspaper – Monday, 9/05/2011, Pg12)

Oh Obama! Oh America! Did you fear Osama Bin Laden at death as you feared him when he was alive – that you could not give the man a decent burial? What cowards you are.

In all traditions & religions, the civilized norm requires one to treat the dead body with respect – whatever one perceives him to be: a terrorist, a martyr, a saint or a murderer.

I expect that George Bush or Tony Blair, who are responsible for invading Iraq on deception & blatant lies, who have killed hundreds & thousands of Iraqis, who have tortured hundreds, who have plundered the resources of Iraq, to have a decent burial when they die.

William Blum in his book, ‘Rogue State: A guide to the world’s only Superpower’ (referring to America) says: “From 1945 to the end of the century, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US caused the end of life for several million people & condemned many millions more to a life of agony & despair.”

So when Obama says: “The world is a safer place with the death of Osama”, maybe he should introspect about the history of his own country. And he should also consider why he has been sending drones into Afghanistan killing innocent civilians, women & children, when he knew Osama was hiding in Pakistan since last September, as he asserts.

One would ask, what was the rush & the hush to dispose of Osama Bin Laden’s body? In Islam & other religions, a dead body has its own rights to be given a burial on land (not in the sea or in the air) with announcement to the public & a full congregational prayer. In this case of Osama Bin Laden, his rights have been violated.

MRN

Author: MRN Network

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