A death worth cheering?

As news spread that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces Sunday, some were cheering, toasting the terrorist’s demise and posting celebratory notes online.

There were reports of loud noises across Mitchell Sunday night and many of them seem tied to the news of bin Laden’s death.

Was that proper? Should America and our allies be pleased that Osama is dead and by our hands? He repeatedly expressed his hatred of our nation and people and masterminded attacks on the United States that killed about 3,000 of our people, most of them civilians who had done nothing to him.

I admit to feeling good, almost giddy, at reports of his death. Should we regret such emotions? Is the death of any human a thing to mourn?

Or was this justice for a terrorist, a hate-filled man who murdered innocent people?

Here’s the story from The Washington Post: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/52206

One thought on “A death worth cheering?

  1. The majority of the people I saw cheering were young – those interviewed on TV were unable to remember the world pre-September 2001. For them, this is the world they grew up in – the only world they ever knew. It was a world in which Osama bin Laden was THE face of terror. He was the bogeyman. For a decade our nation has lived in fear of another terrorist attack. The fear has been punctuated by the confusion of blaming Saddam Hussein, looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, illegally torturing political prisoners and lying about it, and even giving up our civil liberties at home. We can’t even bring shampoo on an airplane or keep our shoes on when we go through airport security. More sobering, we have lost thousands of soldiers lives, spent a trillion or so dollars fighting two wars, all while seeing one man succeed in evading capture, and while watching our economy tank under the enormous costs of looking for him.

    To learn of the death of the al Qaeda leader gave me joy. I do not celebrate the death of a human being, even one as evil as this mass murderer. I celebrate the new possibility for a life free of the oppressive and taxing costs (financial, emotional, and political) of the war on terror that we have experienced for the past decade.

    The need to be on guard againts terrorism is not over. It will never be over. There will always be those who wish harm to our country. But by definition, terrorists tend to be isolated and to operate in pockets of resistance. They are still deadly, but without their iconic leader, they are also less impressionable. And with the movement towards democracy in the MiddleEast, and a President of the US who has stature as a true diplomatic leader, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and now as the guy who got bin Laden, I am more hopeful for the first time in many years about the world my children will grow up in.

    I celebrate hope, not death. But I do celebrate.

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