I'm sure that at least most of you have heard about the death of Osama Bin Laden.
There has been quite a bit of celebrating going on because of this event, but I am not amongst those who are partying. I do not feel that it is right to rejoice in the killing of anyone, regardless of how hated and "evil" they might have been. Once upon a time, that person was someone's son, someone's lover, etc. He was a person. Would you be celebrating if it was your son, daughter, father, mother, lover, spouse, sister, brother, etc.? I am in no way defending him, because what he was behind was heinous, but that doesn't mean that I have to celebrate because he will not be seeing another day in this life. I am happy that he will not be able to do any more harm, yes, but that doesn't mean that I will be celebrating. I understand, in a way, why people are rejoicing, but it isn't for me and I fear that it may lead to more loss, particularly by Bin Laden supporters. You can hate me or call me un-Patriotic/American if you wish, I really don't care because that's your opinion. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, but I know that some do.
I've seen a quote floating around (I'm not sure of the author) that sums up my feelings quite well, "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."