or other Facets of Terror.
Just about 24 hours earlier watching CNN, the news of "Osama bin Laden is Dead" was played constantly over the world's news channels, but my fave was, has been, and will be CNN, who often stays up 24 with live news streams onspecial occasions such as this.
President Barack Obama has in the midnight hours of May 1/May 2 given a speech to the nation conveying the great news -- initial report was that US troops had killed the head of the Al Queda in Abbottabak, Pakistan, in a special operation by the famed Navy Seals. Pakistan's role was not highlighted nor specified, maybe a deliberate omission or just a matter of fact reporting. Whatever, just four months short of 10years of the infamous 911 attack on the World Trade Centre twin towers, Americans hailed Osama's death as a momentous victory and they showed it spontaneously by gathering in front of the White House and at Ground Zero in New York singing songs of jubilation.
My immediate reaction was to shoot off an SMS to close buds -- "Osama Laden by US forces in Pakistan". In my haste I left out the key word "killed", but my recipients' intelligence was at good as the CIA's, so they received/perceived.One DPP replied "Watching CNN now, great news".
Let Desi just state that Osama's death does not mark the end of terrorism as waged by the US following the September 11, 2001 attacks by two commandeered jetliners on the American edifices of world trade in New York and another "jetliner-turned-mmissile" as represented by another plane downed before it could reach the defence edifice in Washington DC.
Osama represented the most well known face of terrorism. He has many disciples and like-minded clones out there. In fact, these terrorists may just step up their activities a notch of two because "...theirs is not to question why, theirs is but to do and die..." (Desi's AP to Lord Alfred Tennyson if I sued the analogy in less-than-heroic compare!
On a personal level, I would say that on homeland called Malaysia, we have seen other facets of terror. In the classroom, when a teacher supposedly charged to lead and teach, raises his/her hands to the face of a student. Just because he/she failed to finish some homework, or merely making noise in class. I have nightmares of such teachers in my short life too, don't you?
We have seen faces of terror when motorists involved in a car accident with yours just charged ot at you, used the steering lock to hit the terror victim's car-bonnet even if the bastard was on the wrong side of the law. Yes, we have many terrorists riding killing machines on the road, and do you think I ever regret or hesitate to curse them as "bastards"?
Oh, yes, we have terroists-in-hiding wearing the uniform of the law enforcer who sides with the offender because the latter has enough money power to grease the "law enforcer's" palm, or the ofender has political friends in the corridors of power. If you want me to mention some examples, can you recall the UMNO Youth marching to the Suqiu head office in downtown Kuala Lumpur threatening to "burn down its office"?
Or more recently and still going on, the Ryal Malaysian Police / PDRM turned a blind eye to the Datuk T trio's first appearance at Carcosa Seri Negara in breaking the law with regard to pornography offences governed by Penal Code section 292, and instead of charging them, they were even given followup "police escort" on tax-papyers' money when the three Datukstooges went about boasting about their self-proclaimed "national service", including the latest swearing on the Koran at a mosque, making Malaysia truly a laughing stock for gutter politics, yet with some leaders proclaiming Nalaysia is a role model state of moderate Islam.
And how would the family of Teoh Beng Hock feel when their child's life was cut short while in custody of the MACC for just 24 hours? Or the newer case of the Customs deputy director Ahmad Sarbai Mohamed whose life ended prematurely, again at another MACC premises, when he's just a couple years away from a happy retirement -- how would his family feel? Don't they all feel like being VICTIMS OF TERROR?