The moment I saw the news release about the death of Osama Bin Laden I felt sick. It is somewhat morbid in my mind that a nation is rejoicing and celebrating the fact that they found and murdered a man who, yes was no saint, but was still a human being.

“Justice served” or not it makes me sick to my stomach to see “civilized” people actually parading in the streets and full out cheering as if someone had won something. I don’t believe this war on terrorism has any winners. This incident just triggers further inflated American machosim throughout the country. The discovery and capture of Bin Laden should have been a sobering moment not a shit show display of arrogance in the streets. Now don’t get me wrong in thinking I am upset he has been captured or killed, as I understand the situation was likely an “us” or “them” type scenario, but I just don’t see how anyone can feel so empowered and proud. I see this as a way to fuel the anti-American fire among those who were Bin Laden supporters and although it is fantastic that there is no longer a need to worry about a dangerous man, he was one man among many with the same ideals.

Although it is still contested among various groups that Bin Laden or al-Qaeda were even responsible for the tragedies of 9-11 I understand the events were devastating. I do not reject that 9-11 was horrible or that the people who were behind it are equally horrible, but I still don’t see how those who were affected by 9-11 can feel as though they are any better people than the terrorists who caused it when they can say and support equally blood thirsty sentiments. Many seem to only see the outcomes of these tragic events and the conflicts that have arose around the world, and not how they have developed. People aren’t born blood thirsty and malicious, they are forced into that way of life due to circumstance and desire to change unfavorable conditions in their own lives. America is and has been known to be a terrorist nation by all definitions, they’ve been in the wrong throughout recent history as much as people and groups like Bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been.

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