Getting to know the family of Omar Bin Laden has taught me an important lesson — we can’t let our anger against one person flow over onto innocent family members. Everyone should understand that Omar’s family is in mourning. I dare say they are not mourning for Osama the head of Al-Qaeda, but Osama the son, the husband, and the father. I have discovered that the family of Omar Bin Laden are innocent and good people. In fact, Omar has inspired me over the past few years. He is a young man who truly yearns for peace and for happiness. That says a lot for him since he was raised in Al-Qaeda training camps by a man who wanted him to follow in his footsteps.
I believe that the US military handled this situation in a highly professional military manner. Those Seals leave me in awe. In view of the fact that half the world will not believe the USA’s version of events, my only question is this: Why didn’t the US arrange for two or three of Osama’s close family members to fly to the ship where Osama was taken and to have those family members positively identify their brother, or father, be what it may. We’ve found that many people pay no heed to DNA (think OJ’s trial)… I’m really really sorry that this did not occur. It might have taken a few more hours, but it would have been well worth it. I’m sure that several of Osama’s brothers, and perhaps his son Omar, would have liked the opportunity to make a positive identification. Such a finding would have made a huge difference in the world of naysayers. Having loose ends regarding such an important situation is never a good thing… Now a complicated situation is even more complicated!
As far as the sea burial, which is a bitter pill for Muslims (the only reason a Muslim can be buried at sea is if the sea journey is so long that the body will decay), I don’t know the answer to the very real dilemma of arranging a proper burial. It was interesting to me that the Saudi government refused the body. And, I do understand the importance of avoiding any kind of shrine. I also remember that the bodies of many victims of 9/11 were never recovered, and their sad families never had a chance to bury the remains of their loved ones. This is important for us all to remember: the victims of all the Al-Qaeda attacks that harmed so many innocent people–the ones left living have the anguish of losing their loved ones, and for nothing. I remember all the little children who never saw their parents again. I remember the young fathers and mothers who never got the chance to raise their babies. I remember the wives and husbands who never got the chance to say goodbye.
It’s important for us all to remember all the innocent victims, those whose lives were lost, and those who lived in a special kind of anguish while mourning their lost loved ones.