I will 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.” ~ MLK Jr.
Osama bin Laden was a notorious, infamous, mass murderer. I will not ever say he did not deserve to die. I will not even say that the US shouldn’t have gone after him with all we had. But, I cannot say that I am dancing in the streets at the thought of his demise. I do not know his history enough to know what turned him into a terrorist of the 1st magnitude. I simply know that underneath all that bravado was a human being.
I know, I am going to get slammed for this, as most are overjoyed at his death. I cannot even say I am not relieved, but when we are joyous because of a death, anyone’s death, we must stop and measure who we are, and what we are about. I mourn, with thousands of others, the lives bin Laden took, American, Muslim, worldwide. He traded in death on a scale that rivals Hitler and Stalin. But, where is the light in all of this?
What can be done to bring light into the world as a result of this death? Perhaps, as US Muslims have said, this will end the association of the Islamic faith with the terrorism his kind engendered. That would be a beginning. We must search in our hearts for all that is light and love, and bring it forth, no longer living in hatred of our neighbor. We must join hands and hearts and find a way to live in fellowship with all fellow humans that inhabit this planet. I am praying for a true peace to enfold us all. I hope that I am not alone in that prayer.