Osama bin Laden’s Death-The Movie.
It should be interesting when the soldiers involved in the bin Laden raid start telling their stories. Unless they’re sworn to secrecy about the mission itself, it should make some interesting book and movie deals.
A lot of guys don’t want to talk about what happens in a war, until long after, if at all. But I figure there was a lot of fist bumping and slaps on the back after that one.
Bin Laden is practically a mythical figure. He was the great white whale for every soldier. After 9/11, everyone who lost someone wanted him dead. (Except for the most forgiving people.) When he was shot, it was probably pretty surreal. “My God, this chapter’s over.”
But what of the inner turmoil of these soldiers? President Obama said that AFTER a firefight, bin Laden was killed. Shot in the head. Executed on the spot. Not exactly taken to court like Saddam Hussein.
Yes, this is what the soldiers were told to do, but it doesn’t make it easy. They are trained to shoot when someone has a gun. In bin Laden’s case, his mouth is more dangerous than any gun. But still, they don’t teach execution at a military academy.
Who pulled the trigger? Was it based on rank? Was it a soldier who lost a loved one? What were the last words bin Laden heard?
People have said just because you cut off the head, the snake’s not going to die. But, if the U.S. troops can find bin Laden – albeit after 10 years – then they can find any lieutenant who rises to power.
I’m also a little jealous of the reporters who got to break the news…
Disclaimer/background: I’m a traditionalist. I don’t think people should break rules of storytelling unless there’s a good reason. I write comic books, short fiction and children’s books. Just to put my comments in perspective, these are my interests and favorites: My favorite superhero is Spider-Man, and I also like Justice League and Batman. My favorite comic writers lately have been Kurt Busiek, Peter David, and Geoff Johns. I am a huge Transformers fan. In children’s books, I go either simple or meta: either really simple stories or books about stories. In movies and books, I am more impressed with something small that makes me feel something rather than something I’m told is a “must-read” or a must-see.”
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