and I’m still kind of discombobulated in my thoughts. My post will most likely mirror that.
It’s been a little over a week since the announcement that Bin Laden had been killed was made. Like probably most, my first reaction was of surprise or shock. There hadn’t been too much news about him recently so to hear that he had been found and shot dead took me back a bit. I, of course, waited for the President to address the nation. I really like to listen to Obama speak. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a leader who sounds intelligent. His speech was quick and to the point and a little bit snarky knowing that while Trump was dragging him through the proverbial mud he was dealing with a strategic crisis.
Within minutes of the announcement on the news, there were posts all over facebook and blogs cyberly cheering the announcement. That took me back a little, and as the night went on into the next day the conceitedness about it started to turn my stomach.
This past weekend, one my favorite artsy-bloggers iHanna posted this wonderful quote…
“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.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
I think that’s when I realized that was where my uneasiness was coming from. I no longer have a religious bone in my body, so I wasn’t having faith-based issues with my country’s decision to purposely kill another human being.
Was this decision a necessary evil? Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t. Is killing this man going to fix the problems we have with the Middle East? Probably not. Must we, as a country, be pumping our fists and dancing in the streets about it? No.