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Apology from the grave
By: Christian John Villahermosa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:21 pm | Monday, May 16th, 2011

I am Osama bin Laden, and I am sorry.

I am sorry for all the inhuman acts I committed in my lifetime. To all the families to whom I have caused great and indescribable sorrow, I apologize. I hope that my death will make them forgive me, diminish their sorrow and help them move on with their lives.

My death was unexpected although many of you wanted it for a long time.  I was living comfortably in a secure villa in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when suddenly gunshots rang out. When I opened my door, I came upon this soldier holding a high-powered rifle. What came next I cannot remember very well.

All I seek is understanding. We all have causes that we fight for in our lives. Many people have died for love. Some killed themselves when their businesses went kaput. Parents will do anything to protect their children. Journalists get killed in war zones. Activists brave the policemen and sometimes tear gas just to make government lend an ear to their grievances.

Environmentalists get kidnapped or murdered in the jungles they are trying to protect. I know you will cringe and spit in disgust when I say this, but I think I was like them.

I was like them because I was fighting for a cause I strongly believed in. I believed in patriotism and religious fundamentalism. The only problem with that was that thousands perished as I strived to achieve this goal. I know it was bad and again, I am sorry.

I feel betrayed. I thought the United States was a friend. In fact, I helped their military drive the Soviet forces out of Afghanistan. In retaliation, that big country disappointed me by interfering in matters it knows nothing about. The Gulf War was a war among our kind and it should have been settled by our kind too. Intruders had no right to interfere there.

But it is too late for regrets now. My hatred against that country is too...

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