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.

I’m 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 9/11’s anniversary, he’s gone. The almighty United States triumphs again.

My first reaction…

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

But that lasted only about ten seconds, and then I caught myself. Wait. Someone just died. Someone’s 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 didn’t suffer in the end. After all, I don’t want revenge. I certainly don’t want him killing more people, so I’m not sorry his mass-murdering ass is toast. But I don’t hate him. I don’t 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.

I guess I feel all jumbled up inside.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not the least bit sorry that rat bastard is dead. At least this way he won’t be able to mastermind another mass murder. And yes, I know the families of the victims of 9/11 wil finally get some closure. And I’m glad for that. I hope they heal.

But really. Must we be so HATEFUL? Where’s the love, people? What good does it do us to start spewing venom around the world? The way I see it, more hate & celebration will only incite more violence and fear. Pray for world peace & live in love.

Go America! Rah Rah Rah!

Once I got over the shock of the news, I started thinking about how this will affect our country. Osama bin Laden has been an icon of pure evil in American culture for as long as I can remember, long before 9/11. And when we couldn’t hunt that bastard down and kill him after he orchestrated such a horrific attack, he took on mythic proportions of an almost superhero villain nature.

And now people are already talking about how awesome this will be for United States morale. And Obama’s speech was just…strange. Like “Rah rah rah! Go America!”

And I am happy for our country. I love my country. And this has been a huge weight hanging over us all for a decade which has made it hard for us to heal from a tragedy that tore us apart. Part of me wants to jump up and down with all the other munchkins and stomp on legs of that witch we finally knocked out.  Plus, I’m definitely an Obama fan.

Choose Love, Not Fear

But another part of me just feels awful that wild celebrations are happening on social media and elsewhere. Maybe it’s because I’m an MD that I just can’t celebrate death. I don’t watch horror movies. And even when justice is done- as I believe it was in this case- I just can’t celebrate the loss of another human life, no matter how justified.  Which makes me feel kind of lonely tonight as much of the country unites and yells “WOO HOO!” I just wonder why we can’t bond in love, rather than over a shared hatred and a death? It just makes me sad. And it reminds me how fear-driven our culture is. Osama bin Laden was kind of like the Gremlins of fear that live within us all- you couldn’t see him, you couldn’t touch him, you couldn’t hear him, and yet, he was there. Always there, lurking like a shadow, making us feel afraid.

And now he’s gone. And I wonder whether we might celebrate this day, not as a “Yee-haw” because someone’s father died, but because today we can learn a vital lesson about fear. Osama bin Laden died today, but some other evil zealot can certainly replace him. We’re not safe, by any means, and if someone decides to hurt us again, they will, regardless of how many airport security measures we employ.

Our Gremlins work the same way.
We might overcome one little fear, and another one just sidles right in with its evil nothings spewed into your ear. You can’t get rid of them. Terrorists and inner Gremlins will never go away.

All we can do is manage how we feel about them. Are we going to live perpetually in fear? Will we let fear dominate our life? Should we start freaking out because now the terrorists are probably going to be pissed and want revenge?

Or can we manage to find peace, love, and serenity in the midst of the fear? Can we choose love instead of hate? Can we expand instead of constrict?

I choose to expand. I choose to open my heart. I choose to notice the fear and send it to time out. I choose love.

My prayer is that this event will bring closure to a country that got torn apart by a nationwide tragedy and that we can find connection with each other, not from hate, but from love. Let the healing begin- and continue.

What about you? How does this news make you feel? Tell us what you think.

Choosing peace,

Lissa

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678 comments

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Maurice Simoens
Maurice Simoens4 years ago

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

Maurice Simoens
Maurice Simoens4 years ago

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

Maurice Simoens
Maurice Simoens4 years ago

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

Maurice Simoens
Maurice Simoens4 years ago

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

Alpa Patel
Alpa P.4 years ago

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.

Gary A L.
Gary L.4 years ago

enough

Elizabeth Allweiss

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

Elizabeth Allweiss

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

Elizabeth Allweiss

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