Monday, May 2, 2011

Ding Dong Osama bin Laden's dead

Is it just me, or is there something fundamentally wrong with people celebrating in a party animal style fashion when someone is killed, someone is dead?  A good or bad person.  Yes, I know.  Osama is a bad bad man.

And yes, he should have been taken out many many years ago, but years ago we were helping to arm him and thought he was our "friend".  But that said, he is now dead, and our military can be proud, Mission Accomplished.  But I wouldn't be so quick to jump on the party bandwagon.  I am not saying that bin Laden deserved to live, it is just that his death worries me as much as his life did.  The death of a leader (again, good or bad) can have severe consequences.  Not that him being alive didn't deliver some mighty severe consequences, but my gut feeling, and I am not alone in this, is that the death of Osama bin Laden may very well bring more violence and terror our way.

I hope that the families and friends of those killed in 9/11 and other terrorist activities around the world that were masterminded by bin Laden can feel some closure, that some kind of justice has been served.  But for some reason I have a sick feeling deep in my stomach.  Just because Osama is dead does not mean we can return to our pre-9/11 relaxed lifestyle.  No, we will still have to go through the rigorous airport security, use caution when traveling abroad, and all of the other changes that have since changed our world.

All I know is that when I heard last night that Osama was dead, I didn't feel jubilant, I didn't feel much of anything.  It felt like a dirty deed, or a hated chore had been completed.  We could now move on - put our attention on other things. I realized too that a lot of people would be relieved, that billions of dollars and lives later, people would feel that justice was served.  I for one, don't believe that killing someone helps or justifies the lives that were lost.  It is just one more person dead.  And if that deserves a celebration, then party on.

Me, I will simply say a prayer for all of mankind and hope it is true, that the death of Osama bin Laden will bring more peace to the world, more peace to the hearts of those whose loss has been much greater than mine, and hope to hell that maybe that place "somewhere over the rainbow"  really exists.

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