Osama Bin Laden death does not make the world safer
This was the first comment from the U.S. president Barack Obama, after the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s killing.
I will not dwell on all the theories that in these hours are spreading profusely about conspiracies on the dynamics of the facts, such as that on the corpse in the sea.
Hence the most popular question: is Bin Laden dead or not?
In my humble opinion, this is not the main thing.
What matters is what both the Americans and the rest of the world believe: the number one villain has been deleted from the story.
This is the content of the message and for that worthy of interest.
Listening to Obama's remark, my question is this: has Bin Laden’s death made the world a better and safer place?
From a purely logical point of view, anyone could say that the answer is obvious.
The killing of a villain, a very bad as Osama, erases the most terrible terrorist in recent years and so it should reassure us all, isn’t it?
Why do I use the conditional?
That is simple.
The conditional is a must because, again from my humble point of view, even the most powerful man on earth, as Obama, cannot give an answer to that question.
The answer is in the future.
However, there is no more meaningful way to understand the present time and prevent errors in the future that looking to the past.
In April 30, 1945 a man named Adolph Hitler, a villain that has nothing to envy to Bin Laden, died.
We are talking about the man considered the greatest bad person in human history.
And suddenly I offer you the same question: has Hitler's death made the world better?
Following the logic of the first one, the answer would still be yes.
Nevertheless, I still use the conditional, but not because the answer lies in the future, since it does not.
The problem, the real problem is that we, all of us, we do almost never act logically.
Let's just say never, because in that world that it should have become safer, August 6, 1945, just four months after Hitler's death, the government of the same United States that today are celebrating Osama’s murder, dropped an atomic bomb to the city of Hiroshima, killing in a few hours more than 70,000 civilians.
Three days later, on August 9, another bomb was dropped on Nagaski, instantly killing at least 40,000 men, women and children.
Maybe, to make our lives safer, we should do more than killing our enemies.
Maybe we should do not repeat the same mistakes that created them.
For my part, I hope the world will see in the next months will be a better place than 1945…
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