I have heard and read a lot about the killing of Osama Bin Laden since it was announced. I think this is one of those events that you really have to take in all sides to truly understand its impact.
Osama was a terrorist leader that was responsible for the organization of many attacks that resulted in the deaths of many innocent people. This, in and of itself, makes it sound like a clear victory for the US, and I think in most ways, it is. A lot of families that lost loved ones on September 11, 2001 probably got some closure, but I’m not in their shoes, so I’m only guessing.
On the other hand, this is just a continuation of the cycle of hate. In reading the reactions to Osama’s assassination from around the world, I found myself to be stuck on the ones from the Hamas and Taliban leaders. They called Osama a martyr and a holy warrior. To them, we are the bad guys.
They kill us, we kill them, they kill us, we kill them, and it continues indefinitely. This is what I was referring to as the cycle of hatred. We all think we’re right and justified in our killing and revenge, so it never stops. Though I think it was probably a necessity to eliminate Osama from the world to “satisfy the most people,” we’ve essentially changed nothing.
Didn’t Jesus say to love our enemies? I just don’t know where to stand on this. How can I celebrate the death of even a terrorist leader when it will almost assuredly lead to more deaths in the future? But then, it almost feels wrong to not be at least a little excited that the bastard got what was coming to him.
Anyone else feeling conflicted? :