Osama Dead: This Isn’t The Way

I love hockey. I hate the fighting.

Okay, that’s not completely true. I don’t actually mind the fighting all that much. I understand why they do it. My brother taught me about it at the first Nashville Predators game I attended: It’s about keeping people in check. If you cross the line with one of my teammates, I’m going to kick your ass.

If the energy of the hockey game shifts to the other side, a little physical aggression can allow a team to take it back. I certainly prefer that they don’t fight, but I don’t lose sleep over it when they do. What turns my stomach is the people in the stands cheering them on.

I feel the same about the celebration over the murder of Osama bin Laden.

All of this just makes me cry. I understand why we did it. I can even see that he had it coming, in a there-are-always-consequences-for-our actions sort of way. He did some things that caused tremendous amounts of pain here in the United States of America and the same multiplied endlessly in other parts of the world. He needed to be stopped. I’m even grateful he can’t hurt people any more.

I love this country. I love this country. I love this country. I do. I deeply love this country.

We just can’t celebrate.

When you celebrate murder, some part of your humanity is being oppressed by your fear.

You might as well hold your machine guns high up in the air and praise God, which is what horrified me the most in the post 9/11 news coverage. Same. Same. Same. This entire situation – the war, the oil, the whole response to terrorism – caused far too much damage to relationships, property, and life for us to celebrate.

I am grateful he’s dead. We just can’t celebrate.

We are not champions. We are murderers of murderers… and many other innocent people, including American soldiers. We’ve stopped a man who did many awful things but we are not winners.

I will leave you with this:

“There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, “This isn’t the way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Yes, rub your eyes and read it again. I just pulled some Jesus on you, via Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, I did.

Peace, people. We have to choose it… for ourselves, within ourselves, with ourselves. It is only then that we will be able to bring peace forward into the world.

Related:
Osama Bin Laden Dead: To Celebrate — Or Not

362 comments

Ajla C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Ne bih o tome,navukla bih bijes svih onih koji žive u zabludi i ne žele da vide pravu istinu.

Blake W.
Blake W.4 years ago

I don't believe we should celebrate _retribution_. Retribution is always pointless in itself, and it is wrong if you do it for no reason but revenge. But in this case, one could argue that he was still dangerous and needed to be stopped. And shouldn't we celebrate the fact that a great danger is removed?
Now I personally believe killing Bin Laden did not make us one bit safer than we were before. But if you believe that he was still a threat, then taking him out of power, by any means necessary, is something to celebrate.
I hated the celebration too. I think most people celebrated for the wrong reason (namely, out of a spirit of revenge). I just want to point out that there were potentially legitimate reasons for celebration too. I'd have much rather he'd have seen the errors of his ways and changed himself for the better; I don't believe he was really still a threat to us; but since he didn't change, and if he was still a threat, then I can understand celebrating because we are freed from that threat.
(Also, I wouldn't agree it was 'murder.' It would be murder if it it was merely revenge, but if it was because he still posed a threat, then it was justified killing, and 'murder,' by definition, can only apply to situations of unjustified killing).

Angelica Caniense
Angelica C.4 years ago

Are you kidding me? He can't invade any countries under false pretenses and kill the innocent anymore. Thank God for that.

Claire V.
Claire Vickery4 years ago

I am 95% Pacifist these days. All violence is wrong, but occasionally war is necessary, eg World War 2, so we could stop the Nazis. But I don't think it was necessary or right to kill Osama Bin Laden. He should have gone to the war crimes tribunal, had a trial, and then locked up in prison for many years in a crumby old jail. And as the article says, it is not right to celebrate the death of another human being, even a very deluded one.

Mac C.
mac C.5 years ago

I agree with you, Christy, wholeheartedly and love the Martin Luther King saying. Peace and a ton of thanks.

Jo Zee
Jo Zimny5 years ago

Deborah G...

It's not paranoia its being aware and not believing everything you hear from the faux media and the government's mouth. Show me your proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that he died in that raid. The stories that have been changed over and over by the military is another red flag, they really need to get their stories straight the first time because they set themselves up "NOT" to be believed. The burial at sea is "NOT" a Muslim tradition, that was a doozie of a fib. The neighbors even said they didn't believe Bin Laden was in there, if he was there for that many years then how come no one ever saw him, I doubt he stayed in the house all that time. Who said I thought the US was evil, my goodness, its the old "if you don't love America then get out of the country". I've heard that out of so many of the mouths of right wingers because it’s a good way to change the subject, haven't you ever heard of the first amendment aka free speech? And you can bet your boots that this will be brought up in the campaign when the time comes it will go something like this "and let's not forget that I (Obama) took down one of the most notorious criminals in history" just a little reminder, we should never forget that.
Where did Bin Laden admit he was involved in 911? I haven't seen that one before, from what I read he denied it all along. And why did Bush fly the Bin Laden family out of the US when no one else was allowed to fly on 911, all very suspicious!

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K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kathleen Renner
Kate R.5 years ago

I agree, it was necessary, but sad that it had to happen in the first place. A sad ending to a sad situation.

Jerry t.
Jerold t.5 years ago

Christy Farr wrote abuot the public response to the news of a death.
Sure, I've read many articles about how Osama isn't dead, was already dead, living at the white house playing socker with Newt.
The point is, we'll swallow anything.
To go off on a knee jerk emo tirade is quite American.
In wiser societies the people don't hit the streets at the drop of a hat.
What does that say about our social maturity?
We've been too long fed a diet of hype.

Ann F.
Ann F.5 years ago

glad we have freedom of speech ......