Osama bin Laden has been killed, and Americans are jubilant in the streets. Not me. I cannot celebrate a death.
Don't get me wrong. I am relieved, and proud of the amazing skills and courage of the small team that succeeded in this mission. It was long past time for this man to be brought to justice. But I feel like celebrating anyone's death brings us all lower. It had to be done, but it's not something we should enjoy.
Martin Luther King Jr.: "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."
(On the other hand...there's one guy out there who can say "I shot bin Laden." Can you imagine being him today? I wonder if we'll ever know his name?)
So, what about you? What's your reaction?