A statement by John Hope Bryant on the exit of a global symbol of fear: hope on the move
I wanted to personally commend and thank U.S. President Barack Obama on his leadership in orchestrating the formal "exit" of one Osama Bin laden.
Osama Bin Laden was not a Muslim; he was simply a thug, and a terrorist of the worst order.
Osama Bin Laden hi-jacked the legitimate and dignified legacy of Islam, turning it into something no loving individual in the world recognized.
Osama Bin Laden used his vast intellectual talent, deep financial resources, and broad network of fellow fear-based leaders, to extend a reign of horror in and for our world that is unparalleled since one Adolf Hitler.
Osama Bin Laden brought that horror directly to the door of my home country, the United States of America, and we have not been the same sense.
Today, that particular reign of terror called Osama Bin Laden is over, and this particular book of fear is (on this point) closed. Hope is on the move.In my book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Live in a Fear-Based World, I speak directly to the description of "fear." Osama Bin Laden fit that description to a tee. And like all symbols of fear, it will have its day, and then it will be gone. Good bye Asama Bin Laden.
Osama Bin Laden's legacy will be parallel with Adolf Hitler, and no better than that of a school-yard bully; either added to the junkyard of history, or forgotten altogether.
It is not without irony that this evening I received a call from my Goddaughter Kirstin Fouche', who today is in San Diego preparing to ship out tomorrow for military training, as she recently made the thoughtful decision to join the U.S. armed forces, as a volunteer. She decided, on her own, to serve our nation.
Hope is on the move.
Thank you President Barack Obama, for your leadership here.
Thank you President Barack Obama, for giving the families of 9/11 some measure of closure.
Congratulations Mr. President.
Hope is on the move.
John Hope Bryant is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, bestselling author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama