My point of view is that the death of Osama bin Laden was a great victory not only for America but for the world as whole. This is because he was responsible for planning and executing terror attacks around the globe and turning terrorism into an organized body known as Al Qaeda.
How Can You Define Your Point of View More Clearly?
I believe the death of Osama helped the world get rid of a man who was psychotic and was willing to kill innocent people to achieve his warped objectives. He had declared a ‘Holy War’ and was responsible for being the man behind the terror attacks in various countries including the United States, Iraqi, Bali, Spain, and Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Somalia, among others (FBI 1). In all these attacks, the target was American citizens or embassies but this also harmed native populations. He also was responsible for the funding and expansion of Al Qaeda, a terrorist organisation which carried out most of these attacks. He mainly targeted America because he felt that America was trying to take over American lands.
What is an Example of Your Point of View?
Osama bin Laden was a man who had openly declared war on Americans and by extension, the world. As a result of his personal vendetta, he planned attacks around the world on American establishments which not only killed Americans, but also killed many innocent native people. On American soil, he organized for the terror attacks popularly known as September 11 which occurred on 11th September 2001 (Al-Maeena 1). On this date, for commercial airliners were hijacked and two were crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and another was driven into a field into Pennsylvania. This caused a loss of life which was horrific and changed the lives of Americans forever.
What is the Origin of My Point of View?
My point of view originated in 11 September 2001, when the two jetliners crashed into the Twin Towers. On that day, I lost two relatives who had been working there. The devastation caused by that attack was immeasurable; the entire country and the world went into mourning. That day, I personally experienced the anguish that terrorism causes; my relatives were killed for reasons they neither understood nor partook in. They were innocent victims; like the millions of lives which have been lost on account of terrorism.
What are Your Assumptions?
I have assumed that Osama bin Laden would never regret his actions and therefore never stop planning terror attacks.
What are the Reasons, Evidence, and Arguments That Support Your View?
The demise of Osama bin Laden is a wonderful event because he dedicated his life to terrorism. He sponsored and funded the Taliban who were Afghanistan rulers between 1996 and 2001 (Wolfegeher 118). He also founded his own terror group called Al Qaeda which was a multinational group aimed at exporting terror around the world. He advocated for radical Islam which he insisted was the purest form despite many Muslims protesting his brand of Islam. In line with this, he was involved in uniting warring militant groups from Chechnya to Egypt and from the Philippines to Yemen using his religious ideals of radical Islam and Al Qaeda (Farral 128).
Osama waged a ‘Holy War’ using modern means of communication and made many blatant declarations of war against the American people. To advance his cause therefore, Al Qaeda was responsible for innumerable attacks all around the world. In addition, Osama has been responsible for motivating other militant groups which act in similar manner and which pursue the same evil causes even though they have no direct affiliation to Al Qaeda.
In carrying out terror attacks, suicide bombers were normally used. Al Qaeda and many terrorist groups have been known to also use children to act as suicide bombers (Wolfegeher 118). They take the children away from their families and brainwash them with radical views and lie to them so that they are used in propagating terror. This is ethically wrong and goes against any moral principles in whichever culture.
What are Other Points of View on This Issue?
Osama bin Laden and his campaign of terror caused widespread disapproval across the globe. Many countries have in fact allied with the United States in its War against Terror. Osama’s death was therefore greeted with jubilation in most quarters worldwide. However, his death angered some people who shared his radical views and for this people, Osama bin Laden died as a martyr (Al-Maeena 2). In retaliation, some militant groups including Al Qaeda have carried out some terror attacks to avenge his death and promise to continue to do so.
What is Your Conclusion?
Though the War on Terror has not been won, the death of Osama bin Laden has been a significant step in the right direction. Terrorism is indeed a great evil which must be fought fervently and not condoned in any way.
What are the Consequences of Your Point of View?
My point of view definitely supports the War on Terror and encourages its continuity.
Al-Maeena Tariq. Osama Bin Laden: Martyr or Terrorist? 6 May 2011. Web. 12 May 2011. http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article383991.ece
Farrall, L.. "How al Qaeda Works: What the Organization's Subsidiaries Say About Its Strength. " Foreign Affairs 90.2 (2011): 128-138.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Usama bin Laden.
Web. 12 May 2011. http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/usama-bin-laden
Wolfgeher, S.. "Al Qaeda in Its Own Words”. Air & Space Power Journal 25.1 (2011): 118-119.