Wanted dead or alive

Wanted dead or alive

Yokohama : Japan | Sep 15, 2011 at 7:27 PM PDT
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Not long ago, the news of Osama Ben Laden killed by a covert US forces--in a movie-like operation--reminded me how much humans enjoyed action movies. Regardless of doubts whether Ben Laden was llegally killed, we openly enjoyed the “used of lethal force.” Didn’t we?

Because the USA government, a legitimate entity, perpetraded the action it can not be framed as a direct, unlawfully killing. And as anybody can testify, a state has the right and the responsibility to self defence. And self defence is permissible under international law. The killing may have been a sort of ‘vengeance’ (revenge), but a violation of “international law” is definitely out of the picture.

Granted, debates about the legality of the action may go on for months or years. But what Ben Laden’s death definitely brings to mind is that humans are still in love with brute force, commandos, and J.I. and Jane Joe.

We love the killing, the gossip, the grotesque graphics or all of the above.


In a situation room an exclusive group of folks gather to be brief about the hunt for a high value target. Among the presents is the ex-president George W. Bush.

The presenter explains the action and shows photos of the premises, the commandos, aircraft used, etc.

At certain moment the presenter says,

-”And we can see here our target with one eye.”

To what Mr. Bush, covering one of his eyes asks,

-”Are you equivocally sure that is Geronimo's ?”


If we onlookers should be ashamed for morbosity is also questionable, but undoubtedly most of the media around the globe was on “America killed Ben Laden” state of mind. And millions upon millions of morbid eyes watched, read, or ate pop corn while following the news. At least I did. Eat pop corn that is.

TV ad nauseum showed that in various countries the mob celebrated the news by waving flags, lambada dancing, and blathering. And drinking beer. Although they all looked like ‘extras’ of a super-action movie, I ate pop corns while watching.

In fact, other international issues were silenced. Japanese destructive earthquake, poverty in Africa, economic upheaval--even my favourite Korean drama--were into oblivion, and off TV sets.

The most primitive sentiment of men showing openly and proudly.

Aren’t we the smartest animal to ever roam the surface of planet earth?

Jorge Herbert is based in Tōkyō, Tokio, Japan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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