Thinking about Osama

By Ruth Limkin

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words.

This is one of those times.

Osama bin Laden has been killed, by brave men who risked their lives to bring an end to his murderous activity.

I take no issue with the right of a government to protect it’s citizens. Sometimes, we need to take action to protect those for whom we have responsibility. After all, Osama planned and authorised numerous attacks upon innocent civilians of many faiths.

And yet, I am uncomfortable with the notion of rejoicing in his death. We can rejoice that his unjust activity has ceased, yet my overwhelming emotion is one of sadness, of heaviness.

For I mourn that the world is as it is.

I mourn that hate mars our world, that discord plagues our souls, and that bodies lie broken, and along with them, hearts.

The world is not as it should be. And that makes me sad.

Sometimes, it’s hard to find the right words.

This is one of those times.

I therefore will borrow the words of a quote I read today, for they seem fitting.

“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 Jnr

One thought on “Thinking about Osama

  1. The sting of death can be felt when those who go on living do so without love in their hearts. The killing of Osama Bin Laden is not a cause for celebration – it is, as you so rightly point out, a pointer to a world where our responsiveness to celebrity is heightened, and our sensitivity to death and destruction is impaired.

    The bullet that claimed the life of the Taliban figurehead, in its own way, did as much to rob the world of innocence as the planes that plunged into the New York landmark a decade ago!

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