Osama is Dead. Celebrate good times?
Maybe you’re like me and you first heard about Osama Bin Laden’s death through Facebook, Twitter, or CNN . . . and if you’re really like me, you probably felt a strange sense of relief and retribution. His death felt like good news. Initially.
But maybe you’re like me now and you’re wondering, wait a minute…why is this really good news?
Because the person we say was responsible for the death of thousands on September 11, 2001 is now dead and somehow this makes everything better?
Through his death, will the thousands of lives lost on that horrible day be restored? Easter resurrection style?
Will the lives of the families who lost loved ones be that much better now?
Is this somehow the end of terrorism?
Is the ever-expanding, ever-autonomous Al Qaeda network suddenly going to call it quits now that their fearless leader is gone?
If the answer to all the questions above are “Yes,” then maybe it is time to celebrate.
Unfortunately, I can confidently say that all the answers to the questions are “No.”
As long as this is the case, I don’t know what all this celebration is about. . .
. . . Especially when so many of us talk about and value love, grace, forgiveness, peace, and compassion.
Yes, he did unspeakably wicked things and he needed to be captured and brought to justice.
But at the end of the day, we are celebrating a murder. And it’s just a little unsettling to me.
So, why are you celebrating? Help me understand, will ya?