Sure... bin Laden was killed back in 2001, the Muslims are to blame for all the
problems in the world, and Trump/Palin will win in 2012.Also, the
moon is made of green cheese. And I am the Queen of England.
It is okay to celebrate justice when served and to celebrate Freedom and the
preservation of Freedom.
No need to show a photo of a dead Osama to enrage the muslim fundamentalists,
the photos of the Lafayette Park celebration have done that.
"Is it OK to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death?"Would it
have been OK to celebrate the death of Hitler back in 1945?What
folks, especially our leaders, refuse to understand is that Osama is Muslim. He
dresses as a Muslim, he has multiple wives allowed by Islam, he invokes Allah's
name, the Muslim God, he prays in a Muslim Mosque, and the most important
distinction is that he takes his instruction for the Koran and the Hadith. And
his followers do likewise.We need to face facts that the Muslim
religion is the cause of most of the turmoil in the world today. The sooner we
do that the sooner we can begin to solve the world's problems and reduce the
conflict we found round the world.
Umm.. Bin Laden was involved in 9/11 but he was a patsy. Th real masterminds
were the US government who wanted to do this so that they could take away our
rights and go into wars in the middle east and not get flack about it. Bin Laden
was CIA up until his dying day back in 2001. Did you hear about the number 2 guy
in al CIAda dining at the pentagon weeks before 9/11? Probably not.
I can't fault people for celebrating. I think that it's more of a celebration
because of relief that a very dangerous man isn't a threat to us anymore. I
don't think it's right to celebrate the death of someone, even as scummy as bin
Laden. But I feel very relieved that he's gone. I won't celebrate it.
Fresnogirl brings up a good point though. Righteous people don't rejoice in
violence. But I'll totally celebrate the end of violence!
Screwdriver | 4:25 No Obama didn't get on a carrier and make a dumb statement,
but he sure is running around for the same kind of photo opps.
Well Schoeder, I suggest you get yourself over to the middle-east to talk to the
10% of muslims that want to kill us all (whaaa aaa aaaa). We have at least 10%
haters here too. I'm just glad Obama didn't dress up like military
ken and say "mission accomplished" like Bush did after NOT getting
Osama.Huge difference in leadership there huh? HUGE! HUGE! as clown
Trump likes to say.
"Brother Chuck Schroeder" - you don't tell things as they are, you
just tell things as you perceive them. You are not the arbitrator of truth,
sorry to break it to you.But as one known by a few here as what they
have decided is a "liberal" or worse, if I were a drinking man, I
would have raised a tall one to the man meeting his demise and being sent on to
his judgement day. I feel horrible that his wife and children has to witness it
- and I would not wish that on my worst enemy - and seeing as he pretty much met
that qualification, I do not wish that on his family.But yes, I am
very happy that he is no longer here to spread his brand of hatred. Had he
spent his millions really helping his followers through education and the like,
they all would have been on their way to better lives. Instead, he choose to
blame others for his condition, and made many innocents pay the price.He is now off to pay his own price - and for that - I am unashamedly happy.
His eternal reward will be well deserved.
is it ok to celebrate OBL's death ? yep !
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he
stumbleth.Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his
wrath from him.Proverbs 24:17-18
I voted for Obama knowing full well he intended (and pledged) to kill bin Laden.
So I can't very well criticize those who celebrate. Neither can any other
When I heard about the shooting of Osama bin Laden, I didn't believe that he was
dead. As the news about the courageous actions of the Navy Seals and the many
years of CIA activity came to lite, I sort of believe it. But as for cheering
from the rooftops? I think not. He is dead and that death is was long
deserved. But just as I wouldn't stand at cheer at any execution, I won't cheer
about this death. The repercussions are forthcoming. We entered a sovereign
nation without their foreknowledge or permission which, at the least is
unlawful, and at the most, an act of war. But for now, we can be quietly glad
that Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to the United States. He may not have
been for a long time because he was very sick with kidney failure, nevertheless,
he is dead. Now, what do we do about the home foreclosures, the ailing economy,
high gas prices and etc. Perhaps we should put as much effort into fixing our
Hate to say it, but I will. Most of the people in front of the White House last
week were college kids who would not have been there if there was a GOP
Oh I just have to add in my 2 cents worth, and tell the uncensored truth. Is it
OK to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death?. Well I'll tell you then Jay Evensen,
Deseret News. Perhaps not in a politically correctness world, whereas if we did
we may offend some Muslims. But I'm not politically correct, I tell it like it
is because no one else will. Did you know 10 percent (that's over 100 million
people), of the 2.6 Billion Muslims, want to kill us all, like they do daily in
Jerusalem ?. 18 percent more believe in suicide bombings. Why should we care
how we buried him or where he head was pointing, you tell me. All true
American's should celebrate Osama bin Laden's death 24/7/365. Plus we should
ask where the millions of dollars come from to build all these muslim mosque's
all around America, along with where are all the sleeper cells hidden at here
to. Ya think?.
To ask if it's okay means your soul spirit - your gut - your intuition tells you
No! and should be abided.Love thy enemies right?Therefore but for the grace of God go I? and last but not least:The bible said no matter what the dead person did in life you should not
condemn him after death because you both have something in common: you too will
be dead.Celebrating death is condemnation too.
An analogy: 35 years ago, as a teenager, I read a lot about Lake... Erie. At the
time, it was on the verge of ecological death because it was being used as the
toilet bowl of the US & Canada. Untreated industrial chemicals, raw sewage,
and personal (from individuals) waste was constantly being dumped into it.
Fortunately, there were a few people who cared enough to act. Today, the lake is
not as sullied. The sources of pollution have been cleaned up or eliminated. It
is not as pristine as 400 years ago, but it is no longer an imminent ecological
disaster. Do I feel sorrow that those sources of pollution are gone? Do I mourn
the absence of raw sewage being dumped in the lake? Of course not. In fact, I
rejoice that the water is cleaner. Likewise, I do not feel to mourn
that Osama bin Laden, a spring of moral putrescence, is now absent from the
world. I feel to rejoice that this source of so much human suffering, the cause
of so much misery to so many people, is eliminated. I am not ambivalent. The
lake is cleaner because this pollution is eradicated.
NO WAY!!! Seriously?! Who celebrates someone's death?! It's not right. Just
listen to Rashard Mendenhall.
I cannot imagine that there were 'celebrations' when those two bombs were
dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki -- or any other killing in war -- but then the
that particular war stopped -- war is 'hell on earth', and most people realize
it, at least so-called civilized people -- and don't be so naive as to think
that osama bin laden was 'solely' responsible for 9/11 -- the way things work
ties economy and economic development hand-in-hand with wars, so don't be naive
about that either, read history, all wars have economic bases, and many people
actually benefit ('get rich') from wars -- atrocities are committed in the name
of war -- perhaps man kind are exposed at their worst in times of war, and then
we create 'heroes' out of war -- I am pondering if perhaps war is the greatest
enigma of man's existence -- man has been 'celebrating' aspects of war since
recorded history -- or perhaps we need to make a special 'definition' of
'celebration in war' just the same as we do not consider 'killing' in war to be
'murder'-- we are a strange animal for sure...
Concerning the comment about Obama, the war hero, using this to get re-elected.
Bush-Cheney used this tactic as if they were the only ones that could protect
the country and how afraid we should be of attacks if their opponent was elected
to defeat Kerry. This was going to be the main plank again...until Sunday.
Did they celebrate when folks died in the bible?
For me the question as to whether anyone's death should to be celebrated (at
least for all those who profess to be Christian) is found in Matthew 5:
43-48.The words in this passage are attributed to and believed to be
those of Jesus Christ Himself.If you wonder what they say, look them
up and see.
Earl @ 11:42- What planet are you on? "OBL has never been directly conneced
to the events of 9/11". He has, in fact, repeatedly admitted his
involvement and praised the perpetrators as heros of Islam.
Anti Bush-Obama | 1:07 p.m. May 5, 2011 Washington DC, MD It's
funny. People use bin ladens 10 year dead corpse to strengthen Obamas failing
approval ratings. They won't even release the supposed photos that they say that
they have. They are also tightening security and and radically expanding
everything related to that. This was just a stunt. They didn't kill bin laden at
all. He was already dead. =============== HaHaHaTell me, what size Tin-Foil-Hat do you wear?and Area 51 has
bodies of aliens who crashed landed, and JFK isn't dead, and neither
is Elvis,and neither is John Wayne, and neither is Hitler!Seriously, didn't the Deseret News just run an Opinion Letter with someone on
the Right accusing those of us on the Left as being the most gullible?
I think it is 200 percent ok to rejoice in the death of one evil man. the world
is a better place with out OBL. He chose his fate when he planed the bombing of
the world trade center in 1993, the boming of the embassies in kenya, the deaths
of the us Army rangers in Somalia, the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. the
carring out of september 11th 2001. All those people that died at his hands did
not chose their fate. so yes his death is very much to rejoice in. Not in a
blood lust way, more of thank heaven this person is no longer a threat to anyone
on earth and his maker will judge him accordingly.
Liberal Ted | 11:12 a.m. May 5, 2011 Is it okay that muslims and
anti-american people celebrated around the world on September 11, 2001? I didn't
see headlines asking that of us? Instead we gave charity and donations to those
same nations when a Tsunami hit them. Is it okay for these people to be soo
disrespectful of us and our culture?Instead of getting off their
lazy butts to work or to improve their circumstances, they seek every possible
way to bring down those that help them.=============Wait. What? People in Indonesia cheered what happened on 9-11? AND they're 'lazy'?
It is a necessity to celebrate the death of a Muslim foe. It is apparent that
death celebration is acceptable behavior to them based on their behavior
relating to the death of American civilians and military personnel. It is what
they perceive as action of strength. Approaching our Muslim foes from a position
of strength is the only way to garner their respect and dissuade them from
future terrorist activity. Remember, they are not Christians and view he world
differently than a peace loving view. That is another reason to show the Muslim
world the photos of their slain hero so they can get one last good look at the
end of their hero. The graphic evidence is needed to convince them that
Americans will be relentless in bringing people like this to a conclusion of
their evil activity.
heck yeah , they cheered when they killd the indians yet none of em even knew an
indian...they cheered when they killd the black man along with the chinese who
really built the railroad...they been cheering all the way thru ...why stop now?
Was it okay for the Munchkins to celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch? The
mind reels with the moral dilemma.....
The physical threat to safety and security does not end with the death of Osama
bin Laden. As tragic as the events of 9/11 and others attributed to him are,
they do not represent the greatest harm we have allowed him to inflict upon our
society. Bin Laden has no more power over those who choose to follow him, or
feel threatened by him, than what they allow. Broken families, broken
communities, and broken economies are the result of a self-centered and
irresponsible society. These are the real threats to our world and they are our
responsibility. These do not excuse the brutal acts his followers have chosen to
perform. Yet the disenchantment they feel with the world and their place is real
and preyed upon by the power and meaning his organization provides- however
demented. I remember 9/11. Osama bin Laden will face the full
justice he avoided in this life. However, we remain as great a threat to
ourselves as we did before he died.
Yes, it is okay. It should be a national holiday. However, Barack Obama should
not be allowed to use it as part of his re-election campaign. Oh, wait. He
Chanting and cheering like a bunch of Islamic "death to infidels"
radicals is a classless, shameful display of barbaric behavior. I thought
Americans were better than that. Frankly, I'm embarrassed when I see it.
It somehow seems barbaric to cheer and rejoice over the death of a human being.
But the alternative, mourning his death, seems implausible. In the case of
Osama, perhaps instead of mourning his death, we have, for the past several
years, mourned his choice to embrace evil and inflict it on the world. Right now, I would hope that we are celebrating the end of that evil more than
the end of someone's life.
Thriller 2:52I think I agree with what you said. I'm THRILLED he's
gone. It is an ounce of retribution (though I don't think that should be our
ultimate goal). Our ultimate goal should be to insure that this never happens
again. When all is said and done... I don't know that my life has changed
significantly since OBL was found and retired. I guess we'll never know if his
capture/execution made a difference. IF... he was planning more attacks...
finding and eliminating him has a REAL impact on my life. If not... it doesn't.
Then it's only vengeance. And that shouldn't be the goal.But
bottom line... I give President_Obama, our military, and our intelligence
agencies HUGE profs for finally getting this job done.The only
difference between me and MOST of the people giving President Obama cred for
getting this done is... I can acknowledge that President_Bush took the SAME
COURSE as President_Obama (with SOME people... party_partisanship keeps them
from acknowledging that). I acknowledge that Obama has been more effective than
Bush was. But he stayed Bush's course.
I think it depends on your definition of "celebrate." I am incredibly
thrilled that OBL is dead. It has lifted my spirits and relieved weight from off
my shoulders. I think it is okay to be happy the man is dead, afterall, that is
the reason we were over there to begin with.I don't necessarily
think it's prudent nor wise to be out in the streets carrying on the way the
other side does everytime they obtain a victory. Words like "Never
forget" and "Quiet dignity" come to mind when I think of the
death of one of the most evil men to ever walk the earth. Flying the flag or
wearing red, white, and blue are great ways to celebrate America and American
victories. We don't need to tear down in order to build ourselves up.We should strive to be an example to the world, not stoop to some of its
levels. Should we celebrate in our hearts and minds? Yes. Should we take to the
streets dancing and mocking? Probably not.
VE/VJ Celebrations were because the war had come to an end. This war is no
where near being over.I cannot understand the justification that it
is okay for us to do it because they did it. We are no better than those that
danced in the streets after 9/11 if we do the same because in their eyes we
(Americans) are worthy of death. Jesus said to love our enemies and
do good to them that wish us harm. I for one am glad that photos have not been
released and that burial rites were performed. Did he deserve them? No, but we
are better than that and gave him dignity and respect because that is the
Christian thing to do.Although not a fan I applaud the President's
actions in these matters. Now please do not politicize this Mr. President.
Well there it is. I sank to the lowest level of civility, I celebrated the end
of Osama. Like those that celebrated the sinking of the Bismark, the Yokahama,
the winning of the battle of midway, and other great battles, which were
accompanied by the death of thousands. This is one of many battles being fought
against a Wahhabism culture with only one desire the defeat and annihilation of
the enemy, western culture and religions. Each battle won I will celebrate.
And the greatest celebration will be at the end of the war.
I don't believe it is ever okay to celebrate the taking of a life or the death
of any person. It is sad that the taking of life becomes necessary to protect
ourselves and our freedoms. Christian principles teach that life is sacred and
should only be taken in the most extreme circumstances and then only with
To Caseyjonesing | 12:59 p.m :To think that you know the truth about
Bin Laden's non-involvement in 9/11 betrays delusion on your part. It is simply
impossible for you to do independent research and come up with your
conclusion.Neither you nor "Earl" are part of the US/NATO
intelligence community. Neither, I suspect, have travelled to the mountain
regions along the Afghan/Pakistani border to conduct interviews with tribal
leaders and members of Al-Qaeda. Nor have you visited GITMO or any of the other
suggested CIA interrogation facilities in the Middle East and Eastern Europe in
an effort to glean your evidence independently.No. Instead, you
have YouTube videos and conspiracy websites operated by those adorned in
tinfoil. Your mothers must be proud.Since I have done neither of
those activities either, I will accept our intelligence community's word that
the leader and chief financier of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was indeed
involved in 9/11.
I guess celebrating someones death is ok, but no like it's 1999.
@Barack If the terrorists had just announced they were finished
warring with America, then I would be out on the streets celebrating. One man
was killed - the war continues, more Americans will die (both soldiers and
civilians), and while we have struck a blow there is much more to be done.
Celebrate if it suits you I suppose, but this feels nothing like the end of a
war to me.
I gloated a little, and Earl is not the brightes bulb in the building. Osama
admitted he was the one who ordered what happened on 09/11, many times. His
involvement is not iffy at all.
Chanting "USA, USA" after our brave military takes out a terrorist is
bad judgment, immature and not representative of the values most people
proclaim.We didn't watch our team win an Olympic gold medal here, we
learned about the demise of a horrible human being who would have us all killed.
It is a moment of gladness for justice and remembrance of those who are dead
because of this evil man.
This article isnt about "if" 9/11 happened or if "OBL" was
killed the other night. This is about should we celebrate OBL's death, well that
is such a personal question, I for one didn't, but am I glad he is gone. Well if
he is responsible for what he has been accused of, well yea of course I am glad,
but there was no trial, no jury, and no judge in his case. Well
this master terrorist is gone, I am glad that he will never influence someone to
harm another person again. But to celebrate death, well I for one had to take
the higher road and did not.
Another way to examine our motives on this issue is to ask if it had instead
been announced that "Osama Bin Laden had been captures by Navy Seals in
Pakistan and is currently locked up at Ft. Leavenworth", would we have not
seen the same outpouring of joy? Of course we would. We celebrate not death
per se, but a tremendously difficult military victory.
Furry1993 12:51 Our military (under President Bush) turned Tora Bora
into an inferno trying to get BinLaden there... it just didn't work. But don't
say we didn't even try! Are you dealing in FACTS? Or just your own
revisionist_version of what actually happened in the battle of Tora Bora?Google "Battle of Tora Bora" and read the Wikipedia account of
what ACTUALLY happened there... in case your memory has slipped into
rhetoric-ville.Our military did EVERYTHING THEY COULD to get
BinLaden there. We turned those mountains on FIRE trying to get him.... Somehow
we didn't get him... but DON'T pretend we didn't even TRY, or that Bush called
us off! or as YOU put it, "chose not to" get BinLaden in Tora Bora.
Saying Bush "chose not to"... is just NOT TRUE.===Caseyjonesing 12:59You may find this uncivil but... you
sound like those birthers or a 9/11_truth conspiracy_theorists. Trying_to
convince_You is_a waste_of_time. No amount of FACTS are going to overcome your
loosely_contrived conspiracy_theory of BinLaden being framed for 9/11.Obviously BinLaden WAS involved. He said so himself. For one... Google
"BinLaden 9 11 confession (2001 video)"
@2 bits & Furry1993 - I don't know how it is that you 2 (and many other
Americans, I'm sure) seem to think that this was something that was JUST
decided. The NY Times, along with various news outlets, have pointed out that
this operation was the result of years of surveillance and other efforts to
track Osama down. If you want to blame someone for not "pulling the
trigger" when he had the chance, blame Bill Clinton, who had the
opportunity when he was president. He said in his own autobiography he didn't do
it because he feared that the public outcry would be too great. And that was
BEFORE 9/11 happened.I too have been disconcerted by the
"celebrating" that's taken place. I'm glad Osama is dead, and don't
feel ANY remorse for that. But the images I see of Americans shouting and waving
the flag remind me of those from hostile nations who've celebrated our
tragedies. I'd prefer to see more solemn reflection on the lives we've lost
because of this man, than jubilation over his demise. As a nation, we should be
a better example.
While not celebrating in the streets myself, I do not have an issue with much of
the celebrating being done by Americans. Of course there will be some who go
overboard, happens with everything. This man was THE face of terrorisim.
Whether he truly earned that by being the mastermind of every terrorist activity
over the last 2 decades, who knows. But one things for sure. Terrorist groups
around the world looked at this man as an inspiration, and a leader. That in
itself proves the importance of getting this target. Although it
was the death of this man that led to celebrations, what I really believe
Americans are celebrating is the hope that this turns the tide in the war on
terror. An end to a very dark chapter in the history of this country.
The unabomber was turned in to law enforcement by his brother. He turned him in
to save lives and for justice sake. He said turning his brother in was difficult
because he loves his brother but he realized it was the right thing to do.The christian standard is to love ones enemies. By this standard it is
wrong to celebrate Bin Ladins death. This because people dont celebrate the
death of people they love.
It's funny. People use bin ladens 10 year dead corpse to strengthen Obamas
failing approval ratings. They won't even release the supposed photos that they
say that they have. They are also tightening security and and radically
expanding everything related to that. This was just a stunt. They didn't kill
bin laden at all. He was already dead.
2 bits | 12:42 p.m.Do you have sources for those facts? The only
evidence I have ever been able to find that links him to the attacks is the 1
video, and the man in the video looks nothing like Osama. I am an evidence man
myself, I believe where the evidence points and I would gladly reconsider my
view on 9/11 and the war on terror if I could find actual evidence. Most people
nowadays will believe whatever the mainstream media says, people need to do
INDEPENDENT research, like I have, and I would gladly discuss my research with
anyone as long as they stay civil.
NO, we should not 'celebrate' the killing of Bin-Laden. In my view, the word
celebrate is accompanied by pomp & circumstance, by loud expressions of
exhuberance and pleasure. I feel no need to revel in Bin-Laden's death. I
certainly don't feel like throwing a party.On the other hand, I do
feel satisfied and glad he can no longer orchestrate or inspire terrorist
behavior. The feeling or thought of 'good ridance' seems appropriate.This whole discussion should spill over to whether or not, as a society, we
celebrate or are 'happy' when someone is put to death (Death Penalty). For a
long time, I was a proponent of the Death Penalty because I viewed it as a
deterent, not as a suitable consequence. I have since concluded that it's not a
deterent and Life Without the Possibility of Parole is significantly cheaper.However you feel about the death of Bin-Laden, I would hope that doesn't
include a celebration or the feelings of throwing a party. He's gone.
Good-Ridance. I'm just very sad that anyone (including him) could become so evil
and behave so wickedly towards other people.
The Nephites did rejoice in their victories which is what I feel when I think
about the US taking out Osama. I rejoice in our victory. It's a small
strategic victory in the War on Terror but sends a big message to the rest of
the world. Some may be dancing on his grave with a sense of revenge but I
celebrate and am happy because we're winning. We're one step closer to ending
the whole darn war and THAT is worth celebrating.I keep thinking
about the iconic photo of Times Square in 1945 with people celebrating the
surrender of Japan and end of WWII? Was that wrong? We just slaughtered
hundreds of thousands of Japanese people only days earlier. Was everyone in a
blood-thirsty revenge filled frenzy? Nope. They were celebrating victory as am
I with Osama's departure.
A brief celebration was okay and after that - back to life. I didn't celebrate
but raised my eyebrows when the news came out about bin laden which was about
time. I was not one of the victim when it happen on 9/11/2001 but sadden about
that day. Now we still have to watch our back for more terrorist. My wife went
to London with her two sisters for vacation when another nightmare was about to
happen and they shut down the airport. Nothing is safe anywhere at anytime.
To 2 bits | 12:29 p.m. May 5, 2011 One of my (many) complaints about
Bush arises from the fact that he had the opportunity to do this very thing at
Tora Bora when the Afghanistan war was very new, but he chose not to.President Obama accomplished i slightly more than two years whet Bush could
not (or perhaps would not) accomplish in more than seven years. Thank you,
President Obama, for having the guts to give the order to take down OBL.
I celebrated the news because I considered it a great military victoryone over
an enemy that has eluded us since the 1990s. When Americans celebrated the good
news from Appomattox, Midway or VE or VJ day, they were not exulting in the
deaths of millions but were grateful for important milestones that entailed
major riskand yes, death. I celebrated but did not consider it a
celebration of one mans death per se. For example, I dont celebrate when
notorious killers are executed. But I do celebrate when notorious killers are
caught or otherwise neutralized by the police. What our intelligence, Navy
Seals and civilian command did was actually a major coup: to find the worlds
most wanted man deep within a sovereign nation and then pull off a daring raid
that stopped the man who was responsible for numerous terrorist attacks.
Earl | 11:42 a.m.you said, "OBL has never been directly
connected to the events of 9/11". That's bunk!BinLaden HIMSELF
claimed responsibility for the attacks. His involvement was corroborated by
MANY AlQaeda operatives and leaders questioned in captivity AND in freedom, by
the United States and many others (including his own lieutenants, and media
interviews with AlJaseera). The Organization he LEAD claimed responsibility for
the attacks! And was PROVEN to be the group that planned and carried it out.
You don't think he even KNEW... or was even CONNECTED to what they did???
WOW!You seem to be able to completely convince yourself of ANYTHING
that serves your agenda. You remind me a lot of the birthers
mind_set. Straining to ignore the obvious in their efforts to accept the more
loony possibilities of the ALTERNATIVE to reality.BinLaden wasn't
even CONNECTED to the 9/11 Attacks??? What a ludicrous and untrue assertion!
In 1980, when President Carter had this nation depressed with a poor economy,
the USA hockey team defeated the Soviet Union ultimately leading to the gold
medal. This event was uplifting as a younger, weaker and less skilled hockey
team defeated the representative of the great evil in the world -- Communism.
When I saw the celebration in front of the White House, I remembered this hockey
victory and the great joy it brought to Americans. Why can't Americans celebrate
something significant that has been achieved after 10 struggling years costing
many American lives? All of this comes during a similar low point in American
history. Go ahead and celebrate because this country needs something to uplift
it and bring back American pride. I hope the critics can find humility to thank
the many individuals who have sacrificed to bring Osama Bin Laden's death to
reality. Do you chastise them when they celebrate their military victories? The
problem is when the death finally takes place that was wanted, many are confused
because our ethics are challenged to admit such a death was desired. It is
hypocritical to celebrate in your home (internally) but not publicly.
I was very disappointed to see those celebrating the death of Bin Laden. Justice
was served but there was nothing there to celebrate. When I heard the news of
his death I teared up. The tears were over my feelings of finally having justice
served and my fears of what will happen next. When we saw Muslims celebrating
after 9/11 we were shocked and saddened but really, last Sunday night, some of
us showed the world that we were no more humane, no more civilized.It doesn't matter what others do. I expect this country to somehow be above
the inhumanity of others. I regret what others chose to do but I cannot control
that and I have to give them their right to live their lives But I disagree with
them very strongly.
I'm glad that the reign of that terrorist is over, but I have that
"mother's heart" - one that thinks of another mom when her child has
died. It's a bitter-sweet day for the USA. Bitter, because it took so long to
get here. Sweet because he is no longer able to manipulate others. But - be watchful. This is not over, by far. We still need to be vigilant and
watch for other possibilities. Don't let your guard down.
I think it's OK to celebrate. I'm happy, but not celebrating in_the_streets...
celebrating death is not my style. I'm not going to criticize anybody for
celebrating. Because I understand_and_agree with what they're feeling and
trying to express.But I'm pretty sure the extreme_left, and the
students dancing in the streets would be COMPLAINING_bitterly, and Cindy_Shehan
would be camping out on Bush's doorstep, if BUSH had approved unilateral
military_action in a country that's supposed to be our ally, and executed a
kill_order on an unarmed_man.-Why isn't Cindy_Shehan camping out at
Obama's Chicago_home? Because she's political_theater.-Why isn't
ANYBODY protesting? (as they would if BUSH had done this)? Because it's about
politics, following the media's lead, and instructions from YOUR party. They
say, "PROTEST"... you protest. They say "CELEBRATE"... you
celebrate. But only if a President from YOUR_PARTY does it.That's
bogus... Be consistent.What just happened is a GOOD_thing. And I
congratulate Obama for having the guts to give_the_order to take_him_out when we
finally got the chance. But obviously if BUSH had done_the_same... The reaction
would be COMPLETELY different.Be CONSISTENT... that's all.
To In Arizona: I agree with earl, if you disagree could you please state the
evidence that proves it was in fact osama bin laden? And to make it clear I am
not saying he is a good guy because he is an evil terrorist but the evidence
just Isn't there.... There was 1 video of him supposedly taking blame but have
you watched the video? I watched it just 10 minutes ago and have to say that in
my opinion, that was not osama bin laden... Looks waay to different.
It's only that so many are incapable of putting themselves in other's shoes. If
there were muslim army bases and a muslim equivelent of Israel between Canada
and the US supported by Muslim countries then you may have an idea that there
would be many "red blooded chritian americans" that would be
opposed.We're still mad a Cuba for goodness sake while best buddies
with China and the USSR. No, we would not support an "enemy" base
anywhere close to us.I don't agree with 9/11 of course , but then I
don't agree with out 1000X stronger retaliation and killing of innocent people
in Afganistan and Iraq either. One man's terrorist is another man's patriotic
freedom fighter. Another post asked for honesty. Be honest. We would
be outraged if there were a foregn army base anywhere near us and people would
be violent about it.
"But it also is their collective view of right and wrong, of evil and moral
dignity, that will carry the nation into its future" What that
future looks like will be determined by the decisions those 20-somethings make
today in relation to their fellow man in all the world. These celebratory
demonstrations tell me that some are not taking a moment to consider who they
are and what they stand for. It's easy to hate your enemy which leads naturally
to rejoicing in his demise. Where does that end though? How far will it be
taken? It's a slippery slope in my opinion. I feel much more peace and power
exerting my energies to "love my enemies" than to hate them. That is
to say, I believe Bin Laden should have been executed for his crimes against
humanity, however, celebrating or rather rejoicing in his death should be
avoided by all moral and civilized societies. Following this principle, I
believe, would help preserve the moral view of right and wrong which the next
generation desperately needs to lodge into their collective conscience.
To Earl: Really?
Nice to see that most of the posts so far have the same feelings I do, and it's
nice to see that, for the most part, Liberal Ted stands alone in his
"celebration." I believe that most people, like me, are not sad to
see Osama gone, but cannot actually stand up and celebrate death.
Thank you Jay, for such a well thought article. The quotes, that remind us of
values that all who claim to have a strong moral foundation should be able to
relate to, were a good reminder of who we are.It is shocking to hear
those who justify celebrating OBL's death because "that is what our enemy
does". Have we not progressed at all beyond the "eye for an eye"
emotion? Aren't we better than that? Haven't the American people been saying
that we are better than the hatered that creates terrorism?Should we
feel great relief, in knowing that (contrary to totally inaccurate claims by
Earl above) a man directly responsible for planning and authorizing the death of
thousands of American citizens will never again be part of such a terrible
event? Yes, I believe so.But celebrating death? No. Not unless we
have become what we are trying to root from the world.
Why do we treat cemeteries with respect? Isn't it in part because we all know
that a cemetery will finally claim all of us? Recently, I visited
the little cemetery in the town where I grew up. As I wandered up and down the
rows, almost everyone I had known so many decades ago was buried in that
cemetery. Everyone had passed beyond their days of probation, beyond the time
that they could easily change their character, their attitude, their desires,
their appetites and their passions. The people in that cemetery were good
people, hard working, caring, sharing people. They bore their burdens quietly.
They helped each other when the burdens were too heavy to bear alone. They went
to their rest knowing that they had tried hard and lived the best they knew how
to live.That's not the case with bin Laden. For him, there will be
no rest, no peace, no tranquility. He will be assaulted by the tormentors.
That is not something to be celebrated. Those who have a Christian heart will
not celebrate when an evil man receives ultimate justice, whose fate is much
worse than death.
I for one will not be celebrating his death. No matter how evil he was, he was
still a brother, a lost soul that will stay lost. To me that is sad.I also will not think less of anyone that feels inclined to celebrate. Neither
reaction is wrong. I don't think that celebrating the death of a mass murderer
makes someone good or bad.Some will cry, some will laugh, some will
be happy, and others will be sad. But none of them will be wrong just because
they are feeling emotions.
Admittedly this is a Mormon point of view, but I look at the examples from the
Book of Mormon. The Nephites (when righteous) never celebrated killing the
Lamanites. They did it because they had to in order to protect themselves, but
they never gloried in it. I can't bring myself to glory in it either. I only
hope that this will bring an end to the war and our troops can be sent someplace
Was invading Pakistan to find and kill Osama bin Laden the right thing to do?Absolutely.Is a public celebration the right thing to do?Absolutely not.Remember how angry we were when we watched
the news of small groups of Mulsims, mainly kids, celebrating the 9/11 attacks?
They were a tiny minority of Muslims, but seeing those images made me want to
vaporize the Arab world. Fortunately, that emotional impulse only
lasted a few seconds and I then thought better of it.Look, America
already makes enemies faster than we can kill them. Let's not make
matters worse.This whole sorry issue makes me think of Mark Twain's
We should absolutely celebrate the demise of this foul creature who masqueraded
as a human being...Why we have to be dignified is just beyond me..Are we a
nation full of Chamberlain,s who feel that we must understand our adversaries
angst and discontent to rationalize their deviant actions...Good people will
differ on this but I say good riddance to an emissary of Satan and a hearty
welcome to his return to his former spiritual home...I just cannot accept that a
just and loving God could have created such an evil spirit...
By the way, OBL has never been directly connected to the events of 9/11. He was
almost certainly involved in other terrorist activities and deaths, but the 9/11
connection is dubious at best. But apparently we don't let inconvenient facts
like that get in our way of believing what we want to.
I think more than anything else people are celebrating the end of an evil
era.Bin Laden is evil incarnate, his death is celebrated because the
world is now a better place without him in it.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplieshate, violence
multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral
of destruction....The chain reactionof evil--hate begetting hate, wars
producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss
ofannihilation." Martin Luther King, Jr.To make the world a
better place, we should never celebrate death, no matter who it is....The tears
of any mother are the same as any other...
Thank you for clarifying where the quote attributed to Dr. King actually came
from. I still agree with the sentiment. I can not and will not celebrate his
death, even though I feel it was necessary. Evil has to be confronted and
stopped but we do not need to rejoice over the death, damage and sorrow that is
created in the conflict. I do not judge those who do celebrate. I know many (and
their loved ones) have been damaged or killed by the work of terrorists. Their
joy at justice served is understandable. I am just glad for the conclusion of
one chapter and hope that the next chapter is not as troublesome or expensive.
The assassination of OBL opens the floodgates to further murderous acts. The
United States has long prided itself on resisting the impulse to engage in
assassinations of notorious figures until lately, at least overtly. Now that
it's out in the open and celebrated, we can "look forward" to more of
the same. Who's next? So much for the rule of law. Our government-paid assassins
are now judge, jury and executioners. Celebrating this event is revolting.
I was doing consulting work in New York the week before the attacks. I stayed at
the Marriott Hotel at the World Trade Center. Some of the people I worked with
were killed in the attacks a few days later. When I saw the destruction on TV I
took it very personally. Still, like many people, I'm not sure how to react to
Osama bin Laden's death. I'm glad he's gone but can't celebrate. Maybe that's
the difference between us. We kill to protect ourselves and preserve life, not
because we revel in it.
Is it okay when the enemy dances around burning US soldiers bodies and broadcast
it on television and the internet for the world to see?Is it okay
when the enemy beheads journalists on tv?Is it okay when the enemy
beheads civilians on the internet?Is it okay for them to burn the US
flag, while taking our money? I haven't heard obama complain about that. Yet he
is upset when Republicans take stimulus money that he forces down everyones
throat.Is it okay for the enemy to make death threats, and tell us
what they plan on doing to us and our women and children?The answer
to all of this is no.But 15-20 years having to sit there and watch
them celebrate over the murders of Americans. I think we can celebrate this
Is it "OK"....Yes.Is it the right thing to do...No.CTR
Yes it is okay to celebrate the death of a cold blooded murderer. I think his
followers should see what happens when you follow a nut like him. Will it help?
Probably not.Is it okay that muslims and anti-american people
celebrated around the world on September 11, 2001? I didn't see headlines
asking that of us? Instead we gave charity and donations to those same nations
when a Tsunami hit them. Is it okay for these people to be soo disrespectful of
us and our culture?Instead of getting off their lazy butts to work
or to improve their circumstances, they seek every possible way to bring down
those that help them.This is a fight to the finish. The enemy has
made that clear. If they want to fight that way, it's not the first time this
nation has had that fight. Are we willing to see this out? I hope so. This is an
enemy that won't change it's mind. They want to die. It's up to us to accomadate
them, before they kill US citizens.