Tuesday, 3 May 2011

An eye for an eye?

Am I strange in thinking that it's totally wrong to rejoice in the death of Osama Bin Laden?   I know he was evil...I know he deserved to die, but I find it sickening to watch the celebrations from America being flashed across TV screen all over the world.  What does this really say about the mentality of supposedly civilised human beings in the 21st Century? 

Remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr:

"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"

NB.  I copied and pasted the above quote from did many others.  It would seem that the quote isn't entirely accurate.  That doesn't bother me at all because they're good words and I'd still stand by them whoever wrote them.


  1. Entirely agree, Ayak. We don't have TV at the moment, so I've been spared the scenes of rejoicing, though I've read many descriptions of them.

    I can understand why this feels so significant for the USA, as we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but simple relief that Bin Laden can't plan more terror would have been so much more appropriate than jubilation.

  2. All they need is an arena and a few wild animals...quite horrible.

    And when you think that his lieutenants will now be jostling to take over.....

  3. sickening scenes. drop the hate, forgive each other.

  4. Yes...... I can't get excited about it.
    And..... there could be reprisals.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  5. I suppose it is easy for us who have not been directely effected by 9/11to be forgiving, however if my son or husband or father, sister, mother etc had been killed on 9/11 I would struggle to find forgivness. Martin L.K was right in what he said, but he was a better person then me. loretta

  6. I have mixed feelings about this. I understand their feelings but I couldn't rejoice like that.

    I have spoken to people from New York who lived through those days and even now the attacks are a personal matter, like a sudden, early death in the family. They do not wear their victimhood well and it doesn't suit them. They are fighters and survivors so I can understand their reaction.

    However, I think it is a time for reflection not celebration. After all, I recall seeing images of people dancing in the streets in Palestine when news of the Twin Towers attack reached them.(later I heard questions about the authenticity of that footage) and I also remember my reaction, the disgust of seeing people so joyous about such bloodshed. Osama was no innocent, certainly not like the people in the Twin towers on that day, but aren't we supposed to be better (at least in some way) than the barbaric people we are facing?

    Maybe this is just a perfect illustration of the adage "you become what you hate."

  7. You have to remember that America is a country of 300 million people and what you see on the tv is only a couple hundred Americans if that. Not all Americans are excited or celebrating. I am I of those because I am not stupid enough to believe that his dealth will end the hatred and the spread of his idiology. Someone else will step up and take his place unfortunately. One national tv show tried to interview many of the families effected by the attacks on the tv towers and was not successful in finding families who were willing to come forth and speak. So this says alot.

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments. I wasn't sure about posting this. Some of you, my followers, are American and I didn't want to offend anyone...but I'm particular pleased to have your views. I'm pretty sure that if I had known anyone affected by 9/11 I would find it hard to forgive. In fact I don't forgive this evil man, but it makes me uncomfortable to see people celebrating the death of anyone.

    Perpetua says the feeling should be "simple relief", Nomad talks about a time for reflection not celebration. Those are more "normal" responses surely? And then likeschocolate mentions that a tV channel couldn't find 9/11 victim families willing to talk and how that says a lot. I think she is probably right in that those celebrating in the streets were probably in the minority.

    Incidentally, I've added an NB to my post.

  9. I was with some English friends here in Istanbul and we too share your sentiments. Those celebrations seem in very bad taste.

  10. I agree with you too .... He was evil but death shouldnt be rejoiced by anyone I dont think... am sure things will only get worse ... he was just a figurehead for many fanatics out there and there will be much more to come. However like as already has been said maybe if I had a loved one in any of the killings I might feel differently. xx

  11. Claudia...that's it really...bad taste.

    Bomb. oh I've no doubt that this isn't the end. There will be others stepping into his shoes.

  12. I feel the same way. Sickened by the rejoicing of someone's murder. I've felt like this since it happened and listening to all the bravado, bragging and joy other's are spouting makes me squimish..and sickened.

  13. Oh I'm sure this won't be the end of anything, someone will step up and take his place. But as an American I remember seeing images of people rejoicing and dancing in the streets when the towers fell and I must admit I felt like doing the exact same thing when I heard he was finally no longer in this world. Even though I personally didnt know anyone killed I remember looking up as I was walking into work and seeing huge circles in the sky, wondering what was going on. Planes were returning to the airports in our city upon hearing we were under attack. Sadly there are many others like him out there. I'm just happy we are one less.

  14. Anonymous. yes, one less is something to be thankful for.

  15. I had really mixed emotions about this. I was living in NYC when it happened and lost eight friends and countless acquaintences in 9/11. My next door neighbor - a lovely man, and a childhood friend both died tragically as did the other 3,000+ that day. So I was glad that justice was served but I did not celebrate, I just remembered my friends and silently prayed they could rest in peace. But 9/11 was a horrible thing for Americans so I'm not surprised they celebrated the death of the man that caused so much grief.

  16. 'Cross the Pond: I'm so sorry you lost so many friends on that awful day. I can understand the feeling of relief that there is one less evil monster on this earth. I guess I would have expected more people to react like you, to silently pray for their loved ones to rest in peace. xx


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