I woke up this morning and asked myself how we could ever have given so much power to one individual. Osama Bin Laden was indeed the keystone not only of the September Eleventh attacks, but of a myriad of other terrorist operations. When does an individual go from being a criminal to becoming a terrorist? This label, this connotation, carries so much power and momentum that I cannot but fear its use. A criminal bombs a convenience store so that he may steal some groceries and cash. A terrorist bombs a convenience store so that others can watch and stand in fear; action without conclusion is a terrifying thing.
Osama Bin Laden, as most of you have probably read, was found hiding in Pakistan. Pakistan stands as China’s strongest ally in the Middle East, and one that they are very unlikely to stray away from. In the last two days, China has defended Pakistan from claims that it’s government did not do a good enough job of purging terrorists within, claims that have been laid, in large part, by American Officials. From what I have read, it seems that China has given a positive reaction to the death of Bin Laden, focusing on this positive aspect instead of bringing to light any thought that would suggest shortcomings on the part of the Pakistan government. Although there has been concern over the possibility of developing tension between the United States and Pakistan, I do not believe it would escalate to a level that would instigate strong reaction from the Chinese, at least not any stronger than the occasions on which we have aided Taiwan.
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