Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Posted by: Beena Q (May 2, 2011) in: HEALTHOMG, LATEST ARTICLES, OMG!

An interesting view from ‘Huffpost Living:’

“While the killing of Osama bin Laden is being enthusiastically celebrated throughout America and parts of the world, to say that such merriment is out of order will surely be considered heresy. Nonetheless, I’m saying it — because it needs to be said. What I am tempted to say is this: Get a grip, celebrators. Have you so little decency?

I do understand how those who have suffered from the events of 9/11 may feel relieved, even happy, to have ‘closure’ after 10 years of waiting for ‘justice to be done’- and I don’t quarrel with such feelings. Closure is a natural yearning and can certainly help people move on from serious trauma.

But celebration is not in order, no matter what your feelings of elation. Here’s why.

‘Celebrating’ the killing of any member of our species — for example, by chanting ‘USA! USA!’ and singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ outside the White House or jubilantly demonstrating in the streets — is a violation of human dignity. Regardless of the perceived degree of ‘good’ or ‘evil’ in any of us, we are all, each of us, human. To celebrate the killing of a life, any life, is a failure to honor life’s inherent sanctity.

We are not a peaceful species. Nor are we a peaceful nation. The celebrations of this killing throughout the country draw attention to these facts.

The War on Terror goes on, so there is no closure in that regard. The truth is that ‘celebrating justice’ when one person is killed — as happens regularly in the gang wars of American cities — only incites further desire for revenge, which, from ‘the other side’s’ viewpoint, is usually called ‘justice.’

We will only have peace when we stop the cycle of jubilation over acts of violence.

Who will stop the cycle? If not us, who? If not you and I, who will it be?”

-John Donne

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    Posted by: Dee (May 2, 2011)
  • Yes I totally agree. Some people don’t see it that way.

    Posted by: Hitch (May 2, 2011)
  • Do you realize that this individual in question would kill you and everyone you know if given the chance? This “love your enemies away” crap is a load of bull. Even if we didn’t make a big deal about his death UBL and his ilk would still want to kill you and everyone you know based on the fact that your values don’t coincide with his extremist views. I don’t celebrate the death of a human being, I celebrate the death of a monster who would stop at nothing to kill everyone who I hold dear just because of who they are. Get a grip, you’re an idiot.

    Posted by: Andrew (May 2, 2011)
  • Dee I understand your frustration, I can see that you are passionate about this country and it’s clear you have been hurt by the actions of some psychotic people who used hate and terror to get their message across. I want you to consider this fact before you celebrate; hundreds of thousands of people have been killed ever since the 9/11 incident who were probably innocent. Muslims included. These killings happened due to cross fire and bombings intended for the bad guys. Anyways.. I would like to share a quote by MLK. I feel he can say it better then I can!
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
    Sorry if I have offended anyone. I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart!

    Posted by: Sam (May 2, 2011)
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