bin laden

by humanmama on May 2, 2011

Is it just me, or is it barbaric to celebrate someone getting killed?

I know. Mastermind of evil, and horrific person who orchestrated the slaughter of thousands of people.

But to celebrate? I’m not talking about relief; I think relief is a pretty natural and good emotion. But expressing jubilation over someone getting shot in the head?

Moral dilemma of the day: is it ever right to celebrate someone’s death?

What do you think?

(You can argue with me; I promise not to  judge.)

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Andrea May 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I totally agree that it is reprehensible to celebrate the death of a man…even when that man is pure evil right down to his last atom. It is not up to me to judge him. I do however judge his actions. And now that he is dead, those actions, that are born in his heart and head, will never happen again. And for that I am so greatful!! I celebrate the troops who made that a reality!! I may not agree with the war but I will always support the men and women who are fighing so that I can write this!!

I celebrate with the family and friends of the victims of Sept 11 and the members of the military who have been killed or injured durring wars started because of actions carried out at his behest, who now have a sence of closure. Those who have given so much have earned the right to feel how ever they choose!

I do realize that there will be another evil person to take his place and think up new and more henious acts. But THIS MAN will never plot another innocent’s death again! I am now able to say to my children when they ask me questions about 9/11/2001, the people who did this can’t hurt us anymore!

Bottom line: Today I am proud to be an American who has the right to celebrate or not….because we are what OBL hated so much!!


Stacy Stone May 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

It grosses me out, but I can’t watch action movies or boxing; every fiber of my being is opposed to violence. I think Americans feel a need to celebrate and have something to be happy about with all the bad that’s going on and so that need is being projected on this event; or that’s my hope… I have a “bin laden” in my life and when she dies I know I’ll be happy but I hope I’ll stop short of throwing a party. He was pure evil and his death is nothing but good. I think fireworks are poor form though.


Kristin Alkire May 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

From my vantage point, I completely agree with you. It’s not that I think we shouldn’t have gone after bin laden…I don’t think that at all. It needed to be done. But it felt very awkward to watch the celebrations. It didn’t feel right. On the other hand, if I had been directly affected by 9/11 who knows how I’d feel…


Dana May 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Agreeing with you…MLK said it better than I can. (If you’ve been on Facebook, you’ve probably read this already.)
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. 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.


Jessica May 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

agreeing with you too. He was awful, but he was someone’s son. He fathered 20+ children.


Emily May 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I have been thinking the same thing. I am glad someone else is thinking it too!


Jessica May 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

I agree, and have been thinking of writing a post about it on my site, too. It made me so depressed ten years ago to see footage of people celebrating the 9-11 attacks in certain places around the world. And then depressed again to see it happening here. Relief? Sure. Because let’s move on to other things! But no celebration.


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