Monday, May 2, 2011
Z is for ZEALOT
Well this will be a strange post for a blog called "pirate knitting", but it is the only blog I have and today's letter is "Z" and a zealot of the worst kind has been killed.
Osama Bin Laden caused death and pain to whomever he and his organization Al Quaeda targeted. Webster's Dictionary defines a zealot as a "fanatical partisan" which certainly defines Mr. Bin Laden. However, one is never quite sure what cause he was a zealot for. He caused the deaths of Muslims, Christians, anyone in his path, and it always remained unclear to me where exactly he was intending his path to go.
The amount of hatred that he had for the United States that caused 3,000 deaths on September 11, 2001 and on the U.S.S. Cole prior to that was viral. I almost don't want to talk about the pain that this caused us because pain and heartbreak was what he intended for us. The 10 years of war that followed these attacks has hurt the U.S., our allies and the world economy. I wonder did he hate the whole world also. I think he probably did.
A zealot is not always a bad person, there are many people who work zealously for the environment, caring for the poor and for peace, Osama Bin Laden was not one of them. He was a wasted man. A person who was actually quite intelligent, obviously a master strategist and incredibly warped. He was a waste.
The years since his attacks on us have been hard. My son was in Iraq for two tours and fortunately suffered no physical harm, but that was not the case for thousands of American military personnel, it was not the case for thousands of Afghans, Iraqis, British, and the list unfortunately goes on.
I suppose Mr. Bin Laden would be proud to be remembered as a zealot, right on the list with Hitler, Pol Pot, Charles Manson and other fine murderers. Tonight I (God forgive me) am proud that Americans were able to take his life.