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?”
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