Some Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Lauden


May 2nd, 2011

I’m at a loss for words.

I know that I don’t want to teach my children to dance and cheer for the death of another human.

I understand why so many are craving justice.

I’m scared that our world is moving toward justice=death=celebration.

Since my own words are failing me, I find myself agreeing with the thoughts below:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (From The Strength to Love)

“There’s a Jewish midrash that is something like after Miriam and Moses and everyone crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptians drowned, the Angels were rejoicing until God reminded them that the Egyptians (as awful as they were in that story) are God’s children too and God mourned their loss.” (Swiped from a Facebook update)

“When Americans are killed and our enemies dance in the streets, we call it disgusting.
Now one of America’s enemies is dead. We are dancing in the streets and we call it justice.” (Swiped from Twitter)

“Nothing has been won. It is only another loss that can, for now, help some of us to feel better about the losses closer to us. But that’s not a victory. It’s a compromise.” - Justin McRoberts


One Response to “Some Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Lauden”

  1. Sarah on May 12, 2011 8:03 pm

    I learned about it on the front page of a newspaper in a coffee shop. From the headline, I could tell that the newspaper considered his death a joyous event, so I didn’t read the article. I just cannot celebrate the death of a human being, no matter his or her deeds while living.

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