The news has spread through all corners of the globe.
Al-Qaeda founder and leader, Osama Bin-Laden, was killed in a hideout established in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
However, a major concern still exists. Will there be a backlash? Will revenge be sought, or is this the end?
I have no problem in the event that has taken place. I am as proud as every other American. But I do have a problem with one key thing this event has caused, and that is an issue with semantics.
"We killed their leader and now they might seek revenge on us."
"Let them attack us. We'll nuke those pigs."
Who are they? I am afraid people are quick to assume and make the connotation of Muslims being who we are at war with, and this is something President Obama has tackled in many of his speeches. Muslims and Islam are not at war with America. Al-Qaeda is. It is also, in my judgement, incorrect to label these terrorist organizations as "Islamic", as their actions do not correspond with the fundamentals of the peace-promoting religion.
It is important, especially now, that we know who we are talking about when we refer to "they". I assure the people who think that if Al-Qaeda retaliates, we will "nuke" Pakistan or Afghanistan- that United States will not use nuclear forces unless the threat of nuclear warfare is upon us. With that said, in recent weeks, government files have been leaked revealing Al-Qaeda has stated for years that if Osama was to be ever found (dead, killed, or alive), that the terror group would unleash a "nuclear hellstorm" on the United States and other parts of the world.
I don't mean to ruin all the excitement, but instead my fear has increased after his death because of the threat of warfare, and I'm more scared than when he was alive.
However, my point is, in a time like this, the media has to be very careful in defining who the enemy is.
We all just need to get along.
...but in a case of semantics, one might ask - who are we?
-That's the TFAT.