Poll respondent shares one of the most powerful messages I have ever read re bin Laden’s burial at sea

“I served in Desert Storm where Col. Tim Collins delivered this important message before the main assault, and it has stuck with me to this day. Extract of the Collins speech “We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle, remember to be magnanimous in victory. Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there . . . “If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death . . . there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow.””

Posted by Charles Clark , who voted “Yes” in our Poll: Do you agree with the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial at sea?

As I read the above words that were graciously posted by Charles Clark, who is the CEO for Rosslyn Analytics, I was moved by the sensitivity of the man to which he had referred, who while being charged with a difficult mission under the most arduous of circumstances was still able to maintain a level of compassion that would for most seem unfathomable.

Charles shared the words of Colonel Tim Collins as a means of providing an explanation as to why he voted in favor of the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial.

Through this lens of compassion that looks beyond the immediate circumstances of a vanquished enemy, we are perhaps all reminded if just for a moment, of our humanity and the extent of how it was lost as a result of 9/11.

Now that the number one enemy has been removed from the life equation, where we go from here will be a most interesting awakening.

Remember to use the following link to cast your vote in our poll which asks the question; Do you agree with the U.S. Administration’s decision to give Osama bin Laden a proper burial at sea?


3 Responses to “Poll respondent shares one of the most powerful messages I have ever read re bin Laden’s burial at sea”
  1. Jon: I voted yes and here is why… as an experienced law enforcement professional and police chief, I often dealt with people that just made poor decisions and I was there to enforce the law. And then there were people who were evil sociopaths that just saw the rest of the world as tools to get them what they wanted. If you were not useful, or stood in their way (as I did as a law enforcer), then their aim was to squash you. Even though those people needed to be incarcerated forever (or otherwise removed from society as their actions dictated the response and outcome) in order to protect the community at large, I never felt the need to “become a monster in order to defeat a monster.” If I crossed the line in conduct in order to engage those folks, then I became no better than them. True honor involves treating all in a dignified, respectful manner and taking no further action than is required. More becomes an emotional vindictive display worthy of the criminals that we arrest or otherwise dispose of (again, our response is predicated by their actions). We as law enforcers in a society of laws and morals are better than our enemies. As I have often said to my nine-year-old son, “actions speak louder than words.” We can say we are a nation that treats people with dignity and respect. Or we can show it via our actions. The proper burial at sea was an action that showcases our words in our powerful way.
    — Dr. Richard Weinblatt, The Cop Doc

  2. Sherry says:

    I voted “yes”. We have no idea how many enemies of ours have had their hearts softened by our actions toward a dead Osama bin Laden. It is my understanding that no one wanted his body so we were “stuck” with the burial. Besides, this action was not done out of respect for bin Laden-it was done out of respect for Muslims and their traditions. For those who would have rather seen bin Laden wrapped in bacon and drug through the streets near Ground Zero, NY, just what would we as a nation be telling the Muslims who live among us? This way we showed that they do matter and that they are not our enemies (though some would call us their enemies).

    • Your words resonate Sherry in that while I can understand those whose deep hurt would have them do otherwise, do not repay evil with evil is a biblical principle to which I always try to adhere.

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