Questioning the Celebrations of Osama bin Laden's Death

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 3rd May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25qsnfly/
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We need to take a look at what our delirious celebrations of Osama bin Laden's death tell us about ourselves and our values as Americans.

America went wild over bin Laden's killing.

It was all over the cable news channels. Wall to wall coverage, non stop for hours on end. News anchors guested one military expert after another, all of whom praised the military exercise in glowing words. They glorified in the most rarefied terms the Navy Seals and Army Rangers who carried out the raid. "The most well-trained, best special ops people in the world," they called them.

Spontaneous celebrations in Washington, D. C., New York City and scores of other places erupted, with people shouting "U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!" and dancing in the streets until almost dawn.

I must confess a very uneasy feeling took hold of me as I witnessed these proud and boisterous gatherings, and I wondered what someone like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Jesus would say about these spectacles.

Well, I had my answer in short order. A friend sent me a quote from Dr. King, in which he addressed the subject directly, with as usual, his impeccable wisdom. He wrote:

"I will mourn the loss of thousands of 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."

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Pink&Blue
3rd May 2011 (#)

Well said Mr.Kinsman.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
3rd May 2011 (#)

Steve, I respect your right to express your opinion even if I don't agree with it. Terrorist who attack and kill innocent, defenseless people need to be treated in the same manner. Too many Americans have been willing to turn the other cheek for far too long. That's why 9/11 happened in the first place. Because of all the liberal, peaceniks running loose in our country, we had started to look weak in the eyes of the terrorist. When it comes to terrorists I say do unto them before they have a chance to do it unto us.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Well, Jerry, thanks for your comments, but I think we're going to have to agree to disagree.

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author avatar D in The Darling
3rd May 2011 (#)

Steve,
Well written article and I wholeheartedly share your sentiments. We need love and not war and all its other forms.

As to my dear friend Jerry,
I don't agree with this approach. This is the approach that has given birth to terrorism. That's the common terror!

But the truth is; state terrorism has claimed more innocent lives than any other and America has a huge hand in it. You just have to look at the Middle East and you see state terrorism in its full splendor; if you know what I mean.

And assuming that only America has the right to do unto others before others can do unto America is an approach that has made America think that only America has the right to give weapons to its friends to hurt others and their friends without considering that others can also give weapons to their friends that can hurt America and its friends.

Tit for tat, where will it take us? when two people are in disagreement, the only thing that can put that to an end is doing good. And that doesn't include killing.

We all need to condemn every form of terrorism not just mad Bin Laden and his sick group.

I raise my right hand saluting meekness
I know arrogance is a great weakness.
only love leads one from the darkness of hatred to light
that shines on the path to the LORD.

Steve, thanks for sharing your love. God bless!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Dinthedarling,
Amen to you!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd May 2011 (#)

Steve, I just wrote something very much along these lines too, I will add a link to your page in mine.

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd May 2011 (#)

Well said Steve...I am in complete agreement with this...

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
3rd May 2011 (#)

I believe that comes with the "freedom package" we all get, which allows us to effect every choice we see fit, even to the point of disagreement between brothers and sisters.
Yours is a sincere and excellent article, well written.

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author avatar TNT_Brian
3rd May 2011 (#)

Great article Steve, you make your point very well and I totally agree

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

I would like to thank all my friends for your supportive and encouraging comments

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thank you, Steve, for this well written article. For me personally, I felt sick to see people celebrating in the street for the killing of anyone, even bin Laden. We need to hear more voices of sanity.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
3rd May 2011 (#)

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Crystal - your quote from Mahatma Gandhi says it all. Thank you

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author avatar WordWulf
3rd May 2011 (#)

I agree. This article and Crystal's quote hit the head on the nail!

good job

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thank you, WodWulf.

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author avatar Greenfaol
3rd May 2011 (#)

Steve, you write from the heart and your words are widsom. i thank you for this article. I hope you don't mind but i put a link to this article in my blog.
Dinthe, what an excellent comment.
It is nice to see many Americans writing comments that do not condone the celebrations. i hope the world takes note of them. Crystal - wish I'd remembered that quote :D
Thank you Steve x

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author avatar PHYLLIS LOGIE
3rd May 2011 (#)

Steve, you have managed to encapsulated exactly how I feel about the whole thing and on a certain ,level I am gripped with fear of reprisal which I feel certain will come. The head of Al Queda has been removed in the most brutal way and his followers are probably plotting as I write how to get even, not just with the US but the whole western world. Thank you for the Dr King quote I was not familiar with that one but it makes the point beautifully.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thank you Phyllis. I agree that Americans so boisterously celebrating bin Laden's death will likely bring reprisals. The King quote comes from a recording given to a high school classmate of my wife Carol back in the early sixties by her history teacher. She put it on facebook and it's gone viral.

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author avatar AnnH
4th May 2011 (#)

Nice post, very interesting.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th May 2011 (#)

Thank you, Gemstar99

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