Opinion: Perspective on bin Laden’s death

I have two grandkids that were talking about the killing of Osama bin Laden, the war and President Obama. They are in middle school and ride on a school bus with older kids and hear a lot of things. I wrote this letter to them last Wednesday.

First of all we need to know the facts.

Osama bin Laden over the years has hurt and killed many people in the name of religion, and his belief that America is evil.

Should we celebrate that a person was killed? No. Should he answer for his crimes against the U.S. and the world? Yes.

He is of the Muslim faith, a VERY extreme Muslim. He is the founder of Al-Qaida. The large majority of Muslims are peaceful, hardworking and honest people. This guy is very evil!

As with ANY group of people, Muslim, Christian or Jewish, some are extreme and bad news.

Three United States presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have tried to get this guy because of the killings worldwide he has planned and carried out over the years.

His biggest crime against us and the world was Sept. 11, 2001, when his group killed over 3,000 people. People of many faiths and countries. The attack on 9/11 put us at war with bin Laden, Al-Qaida and anyone connected with a terrorist group … NOT people of the Muslim faith.

Did President Obama order the attack? Yes.

President George W. Bush said that “bin Laden is wanted Dead or Alive” and he “Will be found and brought to justice!”

At that time, the wheels were set in motion that if we could find him, the president and the president alone would or could OK and order this type of attack to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Should this president be allowed to take credit? Yes.

Just as President George W. Bush was able to take credit for the capture of then-President Hussein of Iraq when he gave the order and OK’d the attack. In the case of Hussein, he gave up, went to trial and was convicted of crimes against his people.

This is not a Republican or Democrat way of doing things.

Osama bin Laden was first wanted by President Clinton, a Democrat, for crimes in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998. President George W. Bush, a Republican, in 2000 and for 9/11, and now President Barack Obama, a Democrat, also for 9/11. Crimes not only against the United States but against the world.

RESPECT.

I have voted in many elections since 1972. I have voted for Republicans, Democrats and Independents. My feeling is that you vote for the person and not the party. Above all, regardless of what party or who you voted for, it is my opinion that you respect the office.

Is the president (or any elected person) always right? No. We can disagree with the person and respect the office at the same time. In the elections since I have been able to vote, presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Geo. HW Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama … five Republicans/three Democrats … did I vote for all of them? No, but they were still my president.

I think some people don’t like this president because he is a black man, or they think he is a Muslim. He is a man and he is a Christian. Racism and not liking someone for his or her faith, like terrorism, is wrong.

One last item. Read your daily or community newspapers and watch the news on T.V.

Get the information from a creditable news person or source. Avoid taking for fact what someone says on a school bus, Web site, blog or e-mail. A great deal of misinformation is said or printed out by people without facts. Remember to ask questions. — Craig Dahlberg, Otsego

 

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