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Osama Bin Laden Killed: To Celebrate – or Not?

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Osama Bin Laden Killed: To Celebrate – or Not?

I just found out from CNN that a senior U.S. official says Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. Apparently, President Obama is gearing up for a press conference to tell us more.

Iím sitting here on my sofa working on my book, and I wonder whether this will be one of those moments I always remember — like the day the first Space Shuttle exploded or the day Princess Di died, or the day 9/11 happened.

This ghost of evil has been spiriting around caves for a decade now, and just before 9/11ís anniversary, heís gone. The almighty United States triumphs again.

My first reaction…

I felt a rush of relief, almost glee. The Wizard of Oz song, ďDing Dong The Witch Is DeadĒ rang through my mind, and I wanted to jump on the rooftop and yell, ďRejoice, munchkins!Ē or start yodeling the Hallelujah chorus.

But that lasted only about ten seconds, and then I caught myself. Wait. Someone just died. Someoneís child lost a parent. Some friend lost someone they trust.

It was a sobering thought, and my Inner Pilot Light lit up just thinking about it. My heart filled with compassion and forgiveness, and I genuinely hoped he didnít suffer in the end. After all, I donít want revenge. I certainly donít want him killing more people, so Iím not sorry his mass-murdering ass is toast. But I donít hate him. I donít like to fill my mind and heart with such toxic feelings.

And then I started noticing how people were responding on Twitter and Facebook. “An eye for an eye!” “Take that, you motherf*cker!” and other such things.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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10:35AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

abbastanza

9:35AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

thanks under obama watch it's done,what busch didt want,he was friends with bin laden familly,and on the 9-11 attacks he has given orders to flight back the bin ladens home private very secretly,thanks now obama has done a great job,he is a great president,vote obama 2012

9:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

thanks under obama watch it's done,what busch didt want,he was friends with bin laden familly,and on the 9-11 attacks he has given orders to flight back the bin ladens home private very secretly,thanks now obama has done a great job,he is a great president,vote obama 2012

9:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

thanks under obama watch it's done,what busch didt want,he was friends with bin laden familly,and on the 9-11 attacks he has given orders to flight back the bin ladens home private very secretly,thanks now obama has done a great job,he is a great president,vote obama 2012

9:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

thanks under obama watch it's done,what busch didt want,he was friends with bin laden familly,and on the 9-11 attacks he has given orders to flight back the bin ladens home private very secretly,thanks now obama has done a great job,he is a great president,vote obama 2012

10:23PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I was in WTC from 8-8:20 am on Sept. 11th. I was in the lobby with my father in Tower 2. We came out from the train. It was a normal day and we both did our normal routines talked at the lobby and say hello to people and said goodbye to each other. We were both spared from the attacks because we were both in different locations not at WTC during the attacks, but not too far from the WTC. The timing was the key because we would have been in WTC around 8:30 -9am,but that day we rushed to Manhattan. I did not see the towers get hit, but I smelled the smoke from the Brooklyn Bridge after the attacks. It changed my life because I struggled with health issues, other issues, and fear. I hit rock bottom that time. I became a different person with problems. Many days I would cry or feel ill during these 10 years. I slowly came back and became stronger because of my family, health professionals, friends, God, and other great people who supported me in my darkest times. I shared my story with women who have problems due to wars, not having support from others, health issues, rape, and such. Since 9-11 I have done a lot of social work for animals, environment, advocacy, poor, signed petitions that helped passed laws, volunteering at the temple, and more. I said to myself that I will fight back evil through good services. I prayed every year since 9-11 that bin Laden be punished. I was very happy when I heard he was shot by the Navy Seals. I learned I am so much stronger than I thought.

2:09PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

enough

8:51AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

I want to reply to USMAN who just sent me an illuminating message.While I agree that it is a good thing to keep Jihad to correcting and improving ourselves in our habits, as we all could use improvements in ourselves instead of just criticizing the faults of others, Jihad as a tool to murder and oppress other people just because they worship GOD in a different way or use another name for the same GOD is entirely wrong! Different people have different cultures, languages,that make Earth more interesting, colorful, we can learn something of value from everyone. GOD made people and animals in many many diverse ways and that diversity is good, has survival value, should we only have birds on the Earth and nothing else? Dont cows, cats, fish, lions, whales, goats, chickens all have unique value for our peoples and our planets? Not just one animal but many, makes our planet truly great! So too, many kinds of people also makes our planet great and unique! Jihad would kill all these different varieties of people which GOD himself made and which is pleasing to GOD! Male and female he made them to find joy in this life, not to be slaves or crushed, or treated inferior to anyone else. This "blindness" to the worth of all people and importance of diversity is a fundamental oversight of how the Islamic traditions are interpreted, which assumes people are basically bad, immoral, and evil and need constant correction and control even to the point of violence of husband against wife, parents

12:10PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

ADD THIS REVISION TO THE KORAN AS TOLD TO ME BY ALLAH:" I AM THE CREATOR GOD WHO IS CALLED BY MANY NAMES, ALL OF THE VOICES THAT CALL THESE NAMES ARE HEARD BY ME. TO MURDER IN ANY OF MY NAMES IS FORBIDDEN AND ALL CHILDREN OF THE EARTH ARE SISTERS AND BROTHERS TO ALL AND SHALL NOT MURDER EACHOTHER FOR ANY REASON, NOT FOR ANGER, JEALOUSY, LAND,MONEY,OR POWER. ONLY DIRECT, IN FLESH SELF-DEFENSE IS PERMITTED. NO HUMAN FLESH OR ANIMALS LIVING WITH HUMAN FAMILIES MAY EVER BE EATEN OR BEATEN OR MURDERED FOR ANY REASON. LIFE PASSES THROUGH THE BODIES OF WOMEN, THE FEMALE IS BLESSED AND HOLY. THEY MUST RECEIVE THEIR FREEDOM, AND BE RESPECTED,LOVED AND CARED FOR BY ALL MEN AND SOCIETIES,WITH FAIRNESS,EQUALITY AND GENTLENESS AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT ALLOW,OR FORCE WAR OR MARRIAGE ON ANY FEMALE UNDER AGE 20 IN ANY COUNTRY, OR PERMIT ANY PHYSICAL RELATIONS BETWEEN GROWN MEN AND GIRLS UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE. THERE IS NO HOLY WAR OR SLAVERY ALLOWED IN MY NAME. ALL WHO BRING WAR BY HUMANS OR MACHINES ARE IN DISGRACE AND WILL NEVER ASCEND TO THE HIGHER HEAVENLY REALMS. THOSE WHO TRY TO SAVE AND PROTECT THE ANIMALS,PLANTS,AIR,WATER,TREES, AND PEOPLE OF PLANET EARTH WILL ASCEND TO THE HIGHEST HOLY REALMS AND SHALL BE WITH ME AFTER LIFE AND SOME IN LIFE,AND ENGULFED IN HEAVEN'S JOY, PEACE, AND LOVE AMONGST THE ANGELS OF LIGHT,FOR THEIR BLESSED ACTS OF LIGHT AND STRONG REGARD FOR MY CREATIONS.ALL WARS ON OR AGAINST MY FAVOURED PLANET GAIA,CALLED EARTH,CALLED THE PLANET OF THE CHILDREN, AND PLANET

10:36AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

If Bin Laden was put in prison instead of killed, he would have staged mass murders of Christians, Jews, and westerners all over the world from prison.He planned to kill our president, generals,and takeover the USA on 9-11-11, it WAS the only way to stop his mass murders and USA takeover. His evil,mass-murdering,racist,sexist,regime had to be stopped.he continued to post videos ordering muslims to murder people in the western countries who offered them sanctuary, tax free business loans, food benefits and kindness and assistance.He recently told Dearborn muslims to kill detroiters and neighbors, he tried to blow up Detroit Metro Airport! his maniac psychotic bloodshed didnt stop with pentagon blowup or twin towers. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO AVENGE AND PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. WE KEEP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALIVE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES THROUGH AID. IF USA DIES, SO DOES DOZENS OF COUNTRIES THAT RELY ON OUR GENEROSITY,GOODNESS.THE WORLD WOULD DIE IN DROUGHTS,FAMINES,EQ,LACK OF MEDICAL CARE AND CLEAN WATER, WHICH WE GIVE THEM! DONT PRAISE ALLAH WHILE DISGRACING HIS NAME BY MURDERING PEOPLE WHO ARENT EXACTLY LIKE YOU. GOD MADE A VARIETY OF ANIMALS,PEOPLES BECAUSE HE WANTED IT THAT WAY AND NO politics, RELIGION HAS THE RIGHT TO DESTROY THE DIVERSITY ON THIS PLANET. JIHAD IS ILLEGAL,AGAINST ALLAH'S TRUE LAW, AGAINST THE LOVE THAT GOD WANTS for THIS WORLD.WORLD DOMINANCE OF ONE RELIGION IS AGAINST GOD'S LAW. WE ARE FROM DIFFERENT PLANETS, RACES IN THE UNIVERSE AS OUR ANCESTORS ALL SAY.NO ONE

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