I think that everyone reveling in Bin Laden's death should pause and take a good look at themselves.
Regarding those eagerly playing these video games:
How is this more tasteful than a video game where you fly a plane into the Twin Towers?
Possible angry responses to this statement:
- He started it, this is revenge, so that makes it OK.
- 9/11 cost thousands of innocent American lives, this is the worst of the terrorists who deserves what he gets.
- Fuck you, I lost (name here) (in/at) (Afghanistan, 9/11, etc).
I'm sure there are plenty more you can come up with.
But let's think about this - how does this make us any better than someone gleefully playing a suicide bomber game targeted at the US?
Last night, 99% of the Social Media updates I saw were flat out cheering about Osama's death, claiming it should be a holiday, dancing about how great America is.
He was a symbol of frustration, fear and hatred for this country for a long time - now he is dead. But this doesn't end anything. We're still locked in at least two wars, with more on the horizon in the Middle East.
At what cost has this kill that everyone is so happy about, come to the world? Note the image for some handy graphs on civilian deaths in Afghanistan for the first six months of 2010. This excludes deaths in our military, in other countries, in the other years this has been going on. These were people living in a very different political and economic situation than your average American, but they were innocent humans like those killed in 9/11.
Yes, you're happy Osama is dead, but why? Specifically, what is your reason? What is your personal relation? I can understand those that have lost family members, friends and close family - that is always a tragedy, and I am sorry - I am not belittling your loss. But how about the average person that has no real relation to these events and is gleeful? Why the blood thirst? What is your reason?
Why is real live human death something to celebrate? I guess I can understand all the points that are about to be thrown at me - why this man deserves to die, why the 'terrorists' are different than us and why our killing is justified and theirs is not - but even then, why do we have to debase ourselves by being just as low as the people that 'we' hate - the terrorists, the 'enemy' - by reveling in their death?
These are not games about killing imagined enemies that have never existed - this is about dragging 'our' sworn enemy through the street and pissing on his corpse. And what is so great about that?
It's something to think about.