Good riddance to Osama bin Laden

Published: May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden was just a typical ruthless villain, with enough power to hurt others, but not enough vision or strength of ideology to win over people.

Forget the future. Forget the fact that al Qaeda, the conglomerate, will continue to operate and spread terror. Forget the fact that the timing of this death is extremely suspicious given what is taking place in Afghanistan and Fata.

Let go of the fear of an imminent backlash in Pakistan.

This is the time to celebrate the death of a foul man, backed by a foul, twisted ideology that justified the murder of innocent people in the name of power.

This is the time to say goodbye Osama Bin Laden – may I never see your face on TV again, and may my children never have to mention your name, except perhaps as passing references to cheesy Bin Laden T-shirts and coffee mugs (which I definitely plan to purchase).

I had earlier written a piece ‘Good riddance to Faisal Shahzad’ for which I received a fair amount of criticism (and thankfully a healthy amount of positive feedback). People around me told me I should not take such joy in the tragedies that befall another, even someone who is the perceived enemy. Who knows the true story behind these people and what may have led them down the path they went?

Some apologists go as far as to say that while terrorists like Bin Laden or the failed Faisal Shahzad are ideologically twisted and their methods foul, there are at least some grains of truth in their criticisms and commentary on the West, capitalism, globalisation, Israel, Pakistan’s government, or hell, even global warming!


The fact of the matter is that we are all responsible for our thoughts and our actions, and a man like Osama Bin Laden has time and again shown the world that his acts and intent are not in the interest of a utopian “Islamic ummah” but in the interest of an “Islamic ummah” led by him and his ruthless, murdering gang of followers.

The fact that many Muslims around the world buy into this childish nightmare-fantasy does not lend credence to such a myopic world view; it just indicates that there are many out there who have been misled by a man who stole enough ideological memes (the sound byte equivalent of an idea) which connected to a core audience and tied them into a plot to rule the world.

In other words: Osama Bin Laden was just a typical ruthless villain, with enough power to hurt others, but not enough vision or strength of ideology to win over the majority – and nobody should cheer for him.

So goodbye, Osama Bin Laden.

Call it base human nature, call me a western liberal extremist, but I cannot bring myself to do anything but cheer at news of your death.

Jahanzaib Haque

Jahanzaib Haque

News buff and Web Editor, The Express Tribune. Jahanzaib tweets @Jhaque_

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Tanzeel

    Waiting for the moment when rightists declare him OBL (Shaheed).Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Let get rid of TTP, BLA, menace which threat Pakistan and disgrace Islam abroad as well.No more reason for america to stay in Afghanistan any more. Or Drone attack in PakistanRecommend

  • Abdullah Zaidi


  • AZ

    Good riddance indeed. I agree to your point that Al- Qaeda’s mutilated version of ‘Jihad’ will continue, and more innocent lives will be lost. However, it was about time that this whole OBL saga should come to end. For cryin’ out loud, the chase for Osama has been going for almost an entire decade and it was about damn time that the curtain should fall on this drama.

    Having said that, lets all grab a cup of coffee/tea, sit back and enjoy the plethora of conspiracy theories that are yet to come our way ;)


  • Fahad Raza

    Hope donald trump doesn’t want a full form death certificate of Osama this time. Recommend

  • Truther 911

    Anyway….. of course you have proof he did 9/11 do you??Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf

    You’re called Truther 911 and we have to take you seriously? Seriously?Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar of course ze Jewwwce and zionists did 9-11 with remote-controlled planes and sleight-of-hand they learned while reading their bible called the ‘protocols of the elders of zion’……there i did it for you.

    some people eh? OBL was a terrorist and he had always been one – we should never have gotten ourselves involved in the 79-89 Jeeeehaaad in afgaaanistaaan…Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf

    @Waqqas Iftikhar

    Please refrain from using religious banter while trying to make a joke. The Jews and these Zionists don’t even believe in the Bible.

    While trying to crack jokes, please observe the surroundings you’re part of so as to not offend anyone. While your ill fated dig at the Bible does not cost you anything, any retaliation from the opposing side would cost them their life in this country. Recommend

  • Ali

    @ Waqqas Iftikhar

    Absolutely agree with you. What a mess we created for ourselves by getting involved in that Afghan Jeeeehaad. Zia-ul-haq, Jamat-e-islami and all those who sided with them are the biggest culprits of Pakistani HistoryRecommend

  • Gibran Ashraf

    The real sad part is that you did not kill him yourself and get the $25 million bounty on his head!!! =pRecommend

  • Deen Sheikh

    Tere Bin Ladin…….Literally!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Deen Sheikh

    Atleast we have a guarantee now that there will not be a sequel to Ali Zafar’s Tere Bin Ladin, LOL
    That would have sucked!!!!!!
    and to the writer, my Dear Jahanzaib,though not badly written, it does feel like a piece that was written in a bit of a rush.Recommend

  • Saad H

    I have mixed feelings about this. Even though it is good news, has anyone thought about what position this whole event puts Pakistan in? Recommend

  • TightDhoti

    Conspiracy theories are already in over drive, my favorite one is “OBL is already dead, the man killed was a Mossad clone, planted in Abtoabbad to defame Pakistan to make India happy”.

    Now the TTP has declared open war against our army and our government, yet people are more than happy to give them the benefit of the doubt. Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar

    @nicholas….didn’t mean that remark to be taken seriously…i was only illustrating the unfortunate lengths to which some of my fellow muslims will go to deny what is right in front of their eyes….hence the use of the term ‘bible’…could have used ‘quran’ for that matter….but then my fictitious portrayal of a denialist’s thought process wouldnt have been accurate.

    really didn’t mean to offend any of my christian brethren…and i offer my personal favourite line from the bible itself (john 9:25 i believe)

    ‘I don’t know if he is a sinner or not. All I know is that I used to be blind, but now I can see!’Recommend

  • Samanth N

    @Fahad Raza well said but have a look at obama’s face day before yesterday on comments by Syeth meyrs about Osama on CSPAN WHCD n the whole birth’s issue inflated by Trump. Priceless.
    @Truther 911 well look at it the bombings he definitely did in Kenya, USS Cole so. it god we got him.. Recommend

  • CB Guy

    Jan Chootee. Now i hope that Pakistani Government has brains to handle the situation and the sacrifices of 30k victims of this war, an official government figure, are not maligned due to poor policies and situation handling. Recommend

  • NK

    I feel that we’re taking this guy wrong! Many of us seem to have fallen prey to what has been fed by media; I believe 9/11 was America’s doing and just to prove it they brought this guy (out of no where) in the picture. What many of us term this guy “a grand plotter” has been killed, by whom? Is there someone grander? This is mere illusion, a medium of curtailing the “ruthless villains”!Recommend

  • Khan

    So killing OBL makes all the innocents lost in hands of the US look justified! … Well thats wat all the rejoice points out to! … We are slaves of the west and moreso by our own who use our own faiths and thought processes whether leftist or rightest against us! … Better look at the big picture than to start the victory dance! … Cuz i jst see ppl chanting the same as the supporters of salman taseerz assassin! … plus! Do u really believe in all the story told u by Unlce Sam!!! … Of course goura tou jhoot nahin bolta! … khair watever the case… Everyone of us should spend a moment in prayers for all those innocents lost in the search of OBL! … 9/11 victims, innocent civilians of Afghanistan and Iraq, ppl in Guantanamo and Abu Ghuraib and the likes of, American, Iraqi, Pakistani and Afghani security personnel, Drone attack victims, Pakistani civilians, etc etc… So much blood for jst one man! … sighRecommend

  • sultan


  • Abdul-Mughis Rana, Lahore

    Dushman maray tay khush na hoyay,
    Sajnan wi marjana hoo!Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana, Lahore

    We would not have rejoiced if Bush Senior and Junior killer of so many Muslims would have been killed or attacked because we want them to be SUCCESSFUL in both the worlds!!!Recommend

  • Habiba Younis

    OBL’s death=Awesome news! now waiting for mullah omer to go!Recommend

  • Noor-ul-ain Hanif

    still can’t believe he really dead or its another trick of US to please to its nation! Off course US has to answer its nation for all the money, taxes etc!!Recommend

  • billo

    Not good riddance. This is excellent riddance!Recommend

  • UR


    @ Tanzeel – I hope you would stop being so condescending. It has been more than 9 hours since it happened and NOT ONE RIGHTIST has called him Osama Bin Laden (shaheed). Everyone is quite happy that he is dead. So please, GROW up and stop being so narrow-minded.Recommend

  • Naveed Afridi

    Those in Pakistan who have supported Bin Laden and given him refuge are the same who have targetted moderate leaders in the Tribal areas. They see those areas as their buffer zone where to nurture the radical groups and fight proxy wars. They are terrified of Pukhtun unity and dont want to see a stable Afghanistan especially one that is independant of their control.

    Failing managing Pakistan a belief exists that bringing about a Caliphate system would avoid the hassles of democracy and subdue challanges from within.

    They have convinced a weak middle class to support such notions and I believe they will continue to persue this agenda.

    It would be nice to see the world challenge Pakistan on their denial of harboring and supporting Bin laden. Unless they grossly restructure thier country they are guilty for all the lives lost on Pakistani soil in the name of religion.

    Many extremisit groups are administrively based in settled areas and have ties with influential politicians and military groups.

    Unless these connections are broken, the menace of Islamist Jihadism will continue. While Arabs are moving away from this ideology as demonstrated by recent events, I think Pakistan is still holding on to it in desperation.

    Bin Laden’s death is the first crack in the armor, and with the right attack, on multiple fronts a real chance of its final destruction is possible. The alternative does not look too appealing.Recommend

  • malik

    What is the meaning of burial at sea?

    Did the Navy Seals just threw his body from the copter on to the sea?Recommend

  • Khan, Lahore

    Cheering ought to be the first reaction. So, very well done Jahanzaib Haque. You’re not alone in cheering. There are millions of Pakistanis cheering with you. Recommend

  • DIG

    One day all Muslims would be killed without judgement or fair trial then Christians and Jews would rejoice as they did in Iraq, Bosnia. But this will only hang them higher on the day of judgement!Recommend

  • Muslim313

    My dearest freinds if a terrorist acts he does it without fair trial or legal proceedings and if America does it without fair trial or legal proceedings you all recommend it. This shows what? That how ruthless we have become and we are humans! Nobody has lived for ever good or evil has to die even Prophets died or were killed none will stay! Except God! Not even angels will stay!Recommend

  • Muslim313

    When Raymond Davis was being tried here, America commented “Not in Pakistan”! But Muslims of Pakistan worked out a way out although people were pressurising for hanging him but Islam is for all like it or not. Prophets (peace be upon them) have been butchered because they called people towards something which was not common then. Same today Scholars of Islam call people towards God and his last Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). But its a free world no push or pull! We don’t blame non Muslims even common Muslim because they cannot appreciate without God’s approval and when that happens they won’t be able to hold it back!!! Recommend

  • http://x Farzandesheikh,

    One wishes good-luck to the jubillant crowd in Washington DC, but the question is why USA took ten long years to arrange such a show.The so-called most wanted/dangerous man was delibrately kept, not only alive but also in most hitting positon. His name was kept to be used (as imaginary threat )to destabilise and destroy resourceful muslim states/powers.The ultimate goal was not just to destroy Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran or Libya. The real target of these anti-muslim powers,is to undo the selfmade nuclear power of mislim base, where the foul-man was found and killed. But merely killing one man is no solution of the problem. The ideals for which the dangerous man lived and sacrificed his life, must have to be defeated through dialogue and discussion. But no one will adopt this long laborous rout of mutual dealings and reasonings. Now Usama’s left-over followers/elements will be persued and chased and such a calculated/ computerised exercise will go on till the future of mam-kind is made safe by eliminating terrorists, called Islamic jehadis. But this act/historical truth must be kept in mind that the terrorists will not and will never be eliminated through new and newer kind of terrorism. Let all super and supressed powers understand this basic truth and do the needful as required by the dictates of the time.Recommend

  • http://- Sahar Khan

    he was a terrorist, yes he was, he was inhuman, yes he was, but should never be jubiliant at anyone’s death. Be it your enemy even. thats what Islam taught us..never to celebrate anyone’s death. The gone is gone.. he/she has another tought journey now…which we all have to go through as well…but the difference is we have control over it…we can make it tough for ourselves..or pleasant for us…!Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain

    mullah ashrafi( whoes stomach are always full of ashrafi) had declared osama shahed in yesterday talk show at AAjRecommend

  • Z. Akbar

    It is quite shameful that he was found on our soil, and I about his death I would like to quote Mark Twain, “I’ve never wished a man dead, but there are some obituaries I have read with great pleasure.”

    The Zaid Hamid’s of the world will say, this is a conspiracy theory against Pakistan and in some cases if you think about it; it seems likely because he was found a few miles away from Pakistan’s best military academy which is officially a no fly zone. So, either the authorities knew and allowed it or our Army and agencies are highly overrated, over payed and inefficient.

    However, my belief really is that Osama was/is dead and the US now needs a reason to pull out of Afghanistan, because I think they don’t want to make the same mistake the Russians did. 10 years, 2 wars and $2 trillion and failed they need to pull out before their country crumbles apart from another recession, which its finance institutes are saying has a 25-30% of happening and if they stay in these wars will increase.

    I am happy he is gone though, call me a liberal or western puppet like the author as well, but I am a critic of American foreign policy and at the same time I am an even more severe critic of people who use religion to justify need to conquer no matter what religion they are, i think its despicable to use Islam for the purpose of launching wars. Osama was a hypocrite because he used, American money and weapons against soviets with ease and then turned against America. So, it would be spitting on the graves of martyrs if he is given that status. 5000 soldiers and 30,000 civilians died over the last few years fighting America’s war against this one man, so you know what, good riddance to him. Recommend

  • Junaid Alam

    How utterly naive we are! How we have believed everything that the western media has been expounding with such persistence that even the clearest of lies would finally begin to look like “facts”… I wonder, without knowing who did the 9/11; without ever trying to think if it was Osama Bin Laden or someone else who were carrying out the suicide bombings; without bothering to look into the ground facts and available forensic evidence, we so plainly accuse him of all the filthy business that has been done here… we call him a terrorist, and rejoice that he is gone!

    I’m amazed and disappointed with the liberals of this nation.. how they can have a “mindset” and call it “prudence”.. how they have become more fanatical than the group they so despise.. how they tend to mess up with the boundaries of several things and proclaim “Oh, you don’t know, but I DO.. only listen to me”..!Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf

    @Junaid Alam,

    Bin Laden claimed full responsibility for 9/11 and these ‘other’ attacks yet you’re claiming otherwise.Recommend

  • Talha

    The biggest terrorist is dead.

    Its time to shut down its supporters specifically the ISI and PA.

    Use the money to modernize the country and educate our people.

    And please, enough with the conspiracies.Recommend

  • FA

    I’m glad he’s dead! But why did he have to be found in Pakistan after 10 strenuous years? That’s hardly fair…Recommend

  • Talha

    I want to see ISI and PA disbanded, they have brought nothing but deaths, shame and misery to this country.

    Pasha and Kayani should be sent to Gitmo with all the rest of the army and intelligence leadership. Recommend

  • Shafqat Ali Khan

    No more reason for america to stay in Afghanistan any more. Or Drone attack in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Tanzeel


    @ Tanzeel – I hope you would stop
    being so condescending. It has been
    more than 9 hours since it happened
    and NOT ONE RIGHTIST has called him
    Osama Bin Laden (shaheed). Everyone is
    quite happy that he is dead. So
    please, GROW up and stop being so

    Here is comes!

    “Martyrdoms are not losses, but are a matter of pride for Muslims, Osama bin Laden has rendered great sacrifices for Islam and Muslims, and these will always be remembered.”: spokesman for LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said.
    Source: Express TribuneRecommend

  • Junaid Alam

    @ Nicholas: and who has been telling us that? :-) I have also seen several videos in which he claimed to have no connection to 9/11.. and if you are good at research, do find and read some of the scientific research papers that appeared in several journals about the event.. “Osama is the culprit” was a theory.. and I, being an engineer, believe in scientific evidence more than in theories.Recommend

  • A.

    “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” Martin Luther King, JrRecommend

  • UR

    @ Tanzeel,

    Sorry but since when is LeT the voice of rightists? TTP and LeT will obviously be proud of their leader. Lets not confuse LeT with rightists and I would say it again : Shed that cocoon you are living in.

    Meh! Recommend

  • Malay Deb

    @Waqqas Iftikhar:
    I got it when I read your post. I guess Nicholas was rushed in reading it. Never the less your explanation was very sweet and humble. Incidentaly I am neither a Christian nor a Muslim, but a Hindu only by birth. May your tribe (of liberal and tolerant people) flourish in Pakistan (again assuming you are from Pakistan). Recommend

  • Burn Terry Jones

    “Osama Bin Laden was just a typical ruthless villain”

    Actually he was anything but ‘typicalRecommend

  • Z. Akbar

    How many “Americans” has Al-Qaeda and the Taliban killed?

    Compare that with the civilian casualties they have killed in Pakistan alone?

    Osama was a hypocrite, who used US training, weaponry and money when it suited him and then went against those who nurtured him?

    You can tell by his speeches, his violent ideology….he talked about uniting the muslims when him and his organisation killed both sunni and shia without regard…just because they were against his way of thinking.

    Plus I don’t even know why Pakistani’s are making an issue, he wasn’t even a Pakistani. Al Qaeda declared war on Pakistan….they deserve to die.Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf

    @Junaid Alam,

    Okay hold on. How can science prove that Osama didn’t mastermind the 9/11 attack but the Americans themselves did? :o That too a scientific research journal =/ Tell me if I’m wrong but scientific research journals usually consist of technical research and progress in the respective fields of Science as opposed to Osama bin Laden =/Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf

    Instead of arguing over conspiracies which we can’t ever prove, why not just go with the general consensus and agree that a psycopath has died and the world is better off without him.Recommend

  • NK

    I disagree with all those who think OBL was responsible for all the huge load of crap happening around the world! Why are we believing what America (and alliances) claim!?
    Had he been such a terror to the world America should’ve spotted him with their huge satellites just like they did with Saddam Hussein! This is just a load of bull crap to divert our minds from the real thing that US has plotted so far.
    US (the entire West) has corrupted how we think!
    OBL and Taliban never misused Jihad; I believe some retarded suicide bombers claiming to be “Taliban” just popped in the scene taking advantage of the situation. For all those who don’t know, Taliban are genuinely good people and all they want is to bring back the distracted Muslims back to where they belong!Recommend

  • NK

    @Nicholas Sharaf: The world isn’t better off without OBL, the world would’ve been a much better place without Bush.

    How many things can you list against OBL except 9/11 (which is also a make belief story)?
    How many things can you list against Bush? — War in Afghanistan, Iraqi Invasion, Saddam Capture — just name it and Bush has been a part of it all!Recommend

  • Nicholas Sharaf


    Umm Lol?Recommend

  • malik


    do you believe in djinns and 72 virgins?Recommend

  • Disco Molvi