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Bin Laden’s death should not be celebrated

Dear Editor:

Some people are probably going to disagree with me on this, but I’ll state my case anyway.

I think it is unseemly and inappropriate that Americans are gloating so much over the death of one human being. Americans have been reported dancing in the streets, gleefully climbing trees, joyfully waving the flag, chanting “U! S! A!” over and over.

It reminds me of the reported reaction a certain person had years ago. As the governor of a state that is now known for its record of never commuting a death sentence, he presided over state-sanctioned killings with a smile on his face.

One wonders what his demeanor would have been like if he had still been in the White House to make Sunday’s announcement about Osama bin Laden.

This country – or at least part of it – calls itself “Christian.” (The debate on whether it is or isn’t, I’ll leave for another time.)

But correct me now if I’m wrong. I understand a Christian to be a follower of the teacher who said, “Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.”

We didn’t rejoice on 9/11/2001 when three thousand people were killed. Why should we now rejoice when one is killed? Wasn’t Osama also a father and a husband?

Aside from the religious issue, there’s the civil one. Aren’t we the country that proclaims that all men are created equal?

Do we really believe what we say? Or are we just spitting from our other mouth?

The poet said it best. “Any man’s death diminishes me. Therefore, do not send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.”

Regarding any death, I think a little more public decorum is called for. After all, every human being will die someday.

The world is watching us. And our children are watching us.

LINELLE

Aspen


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