Osama Bin Laden’s Death
In every article the message is derived from the language used, context of the paper and the opinion that the writer forwards in an article. The story on Osama Bin Laden was written in different contexts and depending on one’s opinion over the whole issue, there were different headlines and story lines that were developed. This paper assesses two articles one if from Islamabad Pakistan and has a heading of Closure At Last and the other from Canada titled The Good Guys Win At Last. The two titles are contrasted through the use of language and the capture of the reader’s attention by the articles on the same topic. An analysis of the articles reveals the different messages that were outlined and the individual opinions that were advanced by the authors of both articles. The article Headed Closure at Last from Islamabad was written at a time when Pakistan was being accused of harboring terrorists. The article was therefore, contextualized to this aspect and the continued suspicion from the West on the role that Pakistan plays in harboring terrorists in the world. Closure At Last is a headline that aims at outlining the truth and getting closure on the issue when Osama was found and killed in Pakistan.
On the other hand, the article headed The Good Guys Win at Last was written by a Canadian who was looking to accentuate the success of the American forces in dealing with the terror threat. In a world where the West was living in fear of Al Qaeda it came as a good thing for Osama to be killed and the demons of 9/11 buried. It was a proper tool towards actualizing proper means and developing the best basis thereby creating a different scope that matched the individual attributes needed accordingly. The language used in the two articles is also different and aims at signifying individual messages. The article from Islamabad aims at highlighting the vices that were present in the system and hence a high profile terrorist managed to live from under the noses of Pakistan military. The author is therefore, directing the language to outline the individual problems that were present in Pakistan and the lack of a clue that Osama Bin Laden was living in the region.
The article uses language and especially the use of quotation marks to indicate areas where the US and Pakistan officials were not accurately quoting the turn of events that led to the death of Bin Laden. On the flipside however, the article from Canada relies heavily on the use of descriptive words that are in most cases exaggerated to convey a message of success for the forces in the country. It is an aspect that is indicative of the challenges that were faced by the forces in finding the most wanted man in the world and the eventual success that ensued once he was shot dead. It is the use of adjectives to indicate the different tools that have been mapped and integrate a proper functional model of change that is needed within the assessment. Although the two articles report on the death of Osama, they have a difference in opinion and issues that each article addresses. The first article addresses the problems that were present in Pakistan that would lead to the country having no clue that it harbored the most wanted terrorist. The article is particularly critical of the fact that the US was not in contact with Pakistani officials and they took over the operations to flush out Osama without the knowledge of any Pakistani official.
The article also draws on the fact that Bin Laden lived so close to their military training camp and yet no one managed to establish if the was in the vicinity. The main opinion that is therefore, being advanced by the article is the dilapidated intelligence services and methods that are present in the region or culpability of Pakistan harboring terrorists. The article that was written in Canada offers a different view and looks to demonize Bin Laden while applauding the heroics of Obama. The article assesses the achievement that America had achieved in killing Osama and how this would be perceived by terror organizations and individuals in the world. The success of the mission and the plaudits that ensued were all deserved and the article mainly aims at elevating this point.
The atrocities of Osama and how he had managed to make Al Qaeda a feared organizational outfit with members from all parts of the world is also a major problem in the system. It is the achievements of the American government and the success of the West in fighting Al Qaeda that succeeded in the death of Osama. In conclusion the two articles are based on the same story but can be differentiated due to the language use, headlines and opinions that have been expressed in both articles. It is critical to conduct a deep analysis when making a proper assessment of research to ensure that the critical aspects align with the research question.