Sunday night the world, and America in particular, rejoiced at the death of Osama Bin Laden, founder and figurehead of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda. While it’s a bit bittersweet and seemingly insensitive to celebrate the death of a human being, it marks a major milestone in America’s War on Terror.
Thanks to the Internet, however, the situation was not without a sense of levity on the subject. What appeared to be seconds after the announcement of Bin Laden’s death, Twitter was abuzz with new characters, including @GhostOsama, who offered some knee-slappers like:
“I retired as the world champion of hide and seek.”
Twitter also played an interesting role in the form of @ReallyVirtual, or Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the site of Bin Laden’s hideout compound. Athar, simply tweeting tumultuous events surrounding his home, unwittingly described the raid on the compound that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. Some of his tweets included:
“Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/,” and,
“A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S”
Once the compound’s location was pinpointed, it was only a matter of time before it wound up as a visual destination on Google Maps (pictured above). Once again, as the Internet tends to do, a string of snarky and absurd comments were posted, reviewing the hideout. Some examples:
“Located in cozy, quiet neighborhood. Interrupted only occasionally by machine gun fire. Lacking in ameneties, but an up and coming area. Handyman special. One satellite phone available with smoking bullet hole for comms back home. CIA helicoptors offering complimentary air lift service for corpses. Great property to get away from it all. Must See!” from Cra, and,
“Free HBO, but “death to America! ” chants were getting old. Better options nearby,” from Steve Jenkins.
It is up to you, dear reader, to decide whether these jokes are just desserts for a brutal man, or merely the insensitive murmurs of an anonymous Internet. Either way, we at BrickHouse commend the efforts of our Americans overseas in closing this chapter on our affairs abroad.