Is it important that the naval burial of Osama Bin Laden on the USS Carl Vinson was done according to Islamic traditions? I see both sides of the argument, but am tiring of seeing the according to Islamic tradition in every article on the subject.
In a semi-related point, when I was stationed in Bahrain, I lived around the corner from Coffee Bean. I used to go there after work to unwind and grab a cup of tea. They labeled their garbage can: Trash Bin. And I thought how easy it would be to add a Laden after the Bin. I did not, of course. I am a law-abiding Sailor, with a nagging, constant worry hovering over me about both the brig and jail. Hence, no action. Should you be stationed out in pleasant 5th Fleet, resist the temptation. . .
Out in 5th Fleet, the Middle East, we used to remind ourselves that we were at the tip of the spear. So much so, that one of our 1st Class Petty Officers used to get real annoyed hearing it. Big mistake. Never vocalize what bugs you. Not in the Navy. We would drop the line, Tip of the Spear, on her at will. (Me less so than her fellow Petty Officers. But I uttered it once or twice.)
Here is one guy who should not us the term. Too close to home. . .