Only a few hours after Bin Laden’s death Americans spilled into the streets waving the American flag and chanting USA but what are we really celebrating? The death of Bin Laden or were we seeking retribution for something that happened to us 10 years ago? Was the death of Bin Laden the only way to seek justice?
Let us also be mindful of the $1,188,263,000,000 spent on the war and the millions of Americans who lost their lives. It seems to be that people of faith are the ones with mixed emotions which is rightfully so. Religious leaders of different faiths say no one should rejoice in the death of a person, even a hated enemy.
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld says that when people hear about the downfall of an enemy, rabbis often remind them of a verse from Proverbs: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.” However, it is hard for me to imagine people no celebrating when Adolf Hitler was killed.
Maybe it would have seemed taboo at the time but hard not to imagine thousands, maybe millions, celebrating once the news broke. At that time they knew with Adolf Hitler dead that the Holocaust was coming to an end and better days was ahead.
No difference here, hopefully with Osama Bin Laden dead we are closer to winning the war against terror and even a step closer to bringing our troops home.
Pics: Thousands celebrate the news that Al-Qaida terror leader Osama bin Laden is dead.
By J.L. Murray.