A Bitter-Sweet Death

After hearing about the death of Osama bin Laden, I felt as though justice was served. I expected his death to erode memories of pain in people because of the many lives that he took. I also expected a moment of silence to remember those lives that were taken and also to acknowledge somewhat some closure to the pain as justice has been served. However, instead of this I heard of many people who were celebrating his death. Although I understand that he was a villain so to say, and people are relieved that he has paid a penalty for his actions, does that make it right to cheer someone’s death? I remember hearing a radio host laughing hysterically and paying party music over his death.

No matter the person, rejoicing in someone’s death just seems a little barbaric to me, and many people who I have talked to expressed how ashamed they were of some of these reactions. How do you all feel about some of the reactions to his death?

Now don’t get me wrong, I think that it is great that he was brought to justice and paid a penalty for his horrific actions. However, I believe that cheering someone’s death does not bring back all those innocent lives that were lost. It doesn’t take the pain away, and it doesn’t change anything.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy”

In another blog I read, the lady suggested that “to take joy in the death of someone else cannot provide any sort of healing for anyone”; which is just another perspective on the matter.

What are your thoughts?



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