May 02, 2011

The day after Osama bin Laden died

CNN: The hunt for Osama bin Laden
CNN Parag Khanna: Bin Laden assassinated, not martyred
CNN Tech: Twitter user unknowingly gave live updates
CNN Wire Staff: How U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden

I could go on and on. BBC, Al Jazeera, Russian Times, and everyone else are flooding our media with reports, analysis, and opinion. Naturally conspiracy theories are already being formed. So far, Al Qaeda is quiet, but Hamas has already responded in shock and horror.

As for myself, I am cautious about rejoicing. I am glad Osama bin Laden is dead, but I also know the beliefs surrounding the 12th Imam and I have read Revelation 13 hundreds of times. It is easy for critics to laugh at both and call them myths or fantasies (although both have more in common with nightmares). The problem is, either they are real or they are not. If they are real, then the resolution will determine which religion is true and which false (my bets are on the side of Christianity). If they are not real, then another danger entirely arises. People like myself who believe and wait are not a problem. No, the problem is those who lust after the last days so desperately they will do everything in their power to bring them about, creating human conditions that brutally mimic the worst nightmares of the end times.

It just so happens that one of those people is Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran. If he sees in the death of Osama bin Laden a golden opportunity to force the hand of Allah and compel the coming of the 12th Imam, then we are in for a world of hurt.

The next forty-eight to seventy-two hours are critical. Forces great and small are moving through the shadows of our world, some intent on massive destruction, some intent on bringing a Marxist utopia. Let us not forget that a few years ago these two forces joined hands and are now working together. Osama bin Laden is dead, and that is a good thing that I am happy to see come to pass. Now let's gird ourselves for battle and prepare just in case those who see in his death an opportunity for chaos decide to bring their dark fantasies to life.