Notes on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

Roger Porter

May 1, 2011

I would much rather have heard that Osama Bin Laden had been captured than to find out he has been killed. It would have brought me a terrific amount of joy to know that Osama Bin Laden was in federal custody somewhere on US soil awaiting trial. Then he would be forced to answer personally to the family members of the many thousands of people whom he has massacred not only in America but in Kenya and Tanzania as well.

I would have liked to see Bin Laden do life in the penitentiary just like my uncle is doing life. Perhaps it would have been comical to hear stories of Bin Laden walking the yard barefoot because no one put money on his books. Or to hear of him flipping out on a correctional officer because he couldn’t get a phone call, or they skipped his turn to take a shower, or because his commissary was late, or they refused to give him his mail.

I would have been elated if Osama were made to suffer like my people suffer over dope charges, robbery beefs, and the infamous 3rd strike. For if anyone deserves to have their minds slowly debilitated in the United States prison system it’s Osama Bin Laden. Not Leonard Peltier, or Mummia Abu Jamal, but a real killer of innocent people.

If Osama Bin Laden was given a fair trial and sentenced to life in a maximum security federal penitentiary somewhere in the state of Colorado then that would be justice. His being killed inside a mansion in Pakistan is not. Osama Bin Laden never had to do any time for his crimes against humanity.

Osama Bin Laden got off easy.

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