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May 2, 2011

A few thoughts about Bin Laden’s death



I confess I have mixed feelings about this.

As an American, I am thankful that Bin Laden no longer poses a threat.

As a realist, I recognize that the man must have had a certain charisma that has attracted extremist disciples who will want to avenge his death. Thus, although Bin Laden is gone, dangerous fanatics trained by him continue to exist.

As an American, I feel a bit uneasy about our country sponsoring a hit squad charged with executing specific individuals. Therefore, as a Christian, I am a bit disturbed when I see people dancing in the streets in celebration over the success of this mission.

Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”. I would hate to see my country – which I dearly love – go down that road.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting that Sue - I too was rather perturbed by the means used to "remove" this man. Lynch mob?
    I hope the Pakistani government authorised this exercise, or USA is in very hot water.

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  2. Love the Nietzsche quote Sue! I posted a few responses from Christian leaders at my place.

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  3. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., released the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:

    Osama bin Laden, as we know, bore themost serious responsibility of spreading hate among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions for this purpose.
    In the face of a man's death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred."

    O Lord, hear our prayers for peace and reconciliation!

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  4. That Nietsche quote is spot on! Thanks for posting this. I've been thinking of this all day, and been feeling uneasy. I understand that Americans feel relieved that he is dead. But to celebrate someone's death like that is NOT ok in my opinion. Don't remember if I've commented on your blog before, I found you on Blogfrog.

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  5. " I too was rather perturbed by the means used to "remove" this man. Lynch mob?"
    This is the first time I've seen your blog, but, really? Lynch mob? What would you have preferred? that he step in front of a car? Live out most of his life in Paris, to finally be arrested at a traffic signal like Carlos the Jackal? He was a vicious, villainous man who engineered and inspired killing of many thousands of people, not just Americans. He sponsored financially and actively, multiple attacks on Christians all over the world, on random people in churches, clubs, schools as well as the WTC. We are called to pray for and forgive our enemies and he is now at the Mercy of God. But, Lynch Mob? Really? That's totally crazy. HE was causing all this trouble, killing all these people and now he's gone. That is a good thing. If y'all can't see that, you need to readjust your sense of proportion, justice and mercy. Our Lady of Victory, Pray for Us! Pope Pius V, Pray for Us!

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  6. I have mixed feelings too. I remember some people dancing in the streets when 9-11 happened. I remember saying I do not ever want to be like that. I think I might blog about it. Thanks for this post.

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  7. I feel the same way. You said it perfectly. Unfortunatly, it seems things like this are always bittersweet.

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