When President Obama gave news that Team 6 of the Navy SEALs had shot and killed the mastermind of the September 11th attacks, Osama bin Laden, America let out a sigh of relief. Some celebrated with fireworks, patriotic music, and waving flags; others reflected on the lives lost on 9/11; but most everyone was just proud to be an American and to know that “justice had been done.”
Yesterday and today, the media has been covering bin Laden’s demise as more and more information comes out. There is a goldmine of interesting details concerning the mission, and one that struck me as applicable to NeW and other women is that bin Laden used one of his wives as a shield during the raid. She, unfortunately, was one of the casualties during the raid, too.
Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan remarks:
…she was positioned in a way that indicated that she was being used as a shield.
My first reaction – and many of my friends’ reactions – was “coward.” Regardless of the person being a male or female, forcibly taking another human life to shield yourself from danger is cowardice without exception. It speaks volumes about a person’s character, and paints bin Laden as even more of a villain than he already was.
As I thought more about bin Laden using one of his wives as a shield, I pondered if whether radical/extremist Islamic culture had anything to do with this. I think it is obvious that it does. Sharia law not only gives more advantages to men, but the radical Islamic culture says that women are second-class citizens, have no rights, and must adhere to all culture traditions. It is clear that Osama bin Laden was conforming to that type of thought – that women are disposable like a piece of metal for a shield.
My wish is for more American women to ban together and mobilize movements against radical Islamic practices that degrade women in the Middle East. The death of bin Laden – the man at the top of the “Radical Islam/Terrorist” faction – and this story reminded me that there is so more to be done for women’s rights.