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Published: Thursday, May 5 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Is it "OK"....Yes.

Is it the right thing to do...No.


Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

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 one.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

La Verkin, UT

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.

american fork, UT

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction
of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
annihilation." 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...

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

Benton City, WA

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...

Salt Lake City, UT

Was invading Pakistan to find and kill Osama bin Laden the right thing to do?


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 "War Prayer."

Fresno, CA

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 safer.

Ogden, UT

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.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

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.

Tremonton, UT

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.

Colorado Springs, CO

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.

In Arizona
Mesa, AZ

To Earl: Really?

Sandy, UT

"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.

Casa Grande, AZ

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.

american fork, UT

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.

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