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Expat wanderer

Dancing on Graves?

I trust that it all happened exactly as it should. Don’t we all believe God is in control?

Friends and family are asking me why I have been silent about the raid, capture and execution of Osama Bin Laden.

9/11 and the celebrations televised around the world were equally horrifying to me. Pointless killing. Pointless celebration.

We don’t celebrate the deaths, not even of those who have caused us harm. It’s not who we are, and it only invites retribution, and keeps the pointless violence, the pointless arguments going.

Jesus told us that it is easy to pray for our friends and family, but that we are to pray for our enemies as well. It’s really really hard. And it is one of the few gates that will open the door to true change, which has to come from the heart.

There is no guarantee that an operation will succeed, no matter how talented, trained and intelligent the operators are. Well done, Navy SEALS. Well done, those who gathered the information, who confirmed the information, and who chose to execute surgically, rather than a bomb which would kill without positive identification. Well done, gathering all the computers and flash drives, hopefully full of information which will give insight into future plans which can be thwarted.

Osama’s death doesn’t bring back the thousands killed in the 9/11 attacks. It does send a message that attackers will be hounded until they pay for their actions. That’s not a pass for dancing; it’s a grim tally in the world of hard-ball politics.

May 5, 2011 - Posted by | Counter-terrorism, Interconnected, Law and Order, Leadership, Locard Exchange Principal, Political Issues


  1. Against my better judgement, I posted the following on Facebook this past Monday:

    I think my problem has been reading comments from folk like, “Oh, yeah, we killed that MF’er! Woo-hoo!” and “We should dedicate his killing to _____________!!!” I’m disturbed that the death of a man who killed so many, who so many more died to capture, is being so boisterously & carelessly celebrated.

    So many of the comments I was seeing were from friends I had gone to Bible college with – ministers, etc. It really sickened & disappointed me.

    Am I glad bin Laden has been neutralized? Absolutely. Do I need to crow about it, dance around, and rub it in peoples’ faces? Nope.

    Comment by rustypants | May 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Well put, and of course I agree 100%. More and more are expressing similar sentiments, which gives me hope. The initial jubilation of so many Americans had me despairing of what we’ve become. A bit more hope now.

    Comment by Grammy | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thank you, Rustypants and Grammy, for your comments. I was encouraged to post when a woman in my bible study was jubilant, and I was a little sharp. The woman next to me said she agreed; that it wasn’t who we are. It gave me food for thought, and urged me on.

    Celebrating his death invites outrage, rage, and retribution, not just from his followers, but also from our God, whom I fear with trembling.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. ” that’s not a pass for dancing; it’s a grim tally in the world of hard ball politics.”

    How poignant!

    I try to live by our CEO’s mantra : Remember, every man is his mother’s lovely baby. Has helped me overcome aggression in the board room in the past, and kept my flaming temper in check.

    Whereas the world is now a better place without Osama in it and while there’s no denying it was good riddance there’s also this to consider – here was an illegal act of aggression; terrorism even committed on foreign soil. It doesn’t particularly augur well for a nation that prides itself on transparent governance and respect for laws and sovereignity of other nations.
    Peace Be With You,

    Comment by Born Good Baad By Choice | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. Always glad to see you, BL, and while you mock me, we are pretty much in agreement.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. Didn’t mean to rub it in. No hard feelings, please.

    Comment by Born Good Baad By Choice | May 7, 2011 | Reply

  7. I’m pretty much in agreement with you. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”–Ghandi. Let’s move on.

    Comment by Suwannee Refugee | May 8, 2011 | Reply

  8. No hard feeling, Beautiful Liar. Your caustic comments usually make me laugh, and I always appreciate a good laugh. I always appreciate your point of view. Aren’t you surprised how often we are in agreement?

    Well, Suwanee, I’m willing to move on if you share that crab cake recipe. . . . 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 8, 2011 | Reply

  9. I do understand the sense of jubilation that overcame the Americans on the death of Bin Laden because i experienced the same feelings when they caught Saddam Hussein and hanged the Bastard . Primitive feelings Yes but felt so good.

    I think the American people have been suffering in silence for sometime now compounded by the economic situation and deeply needed a diversion from it and the Ben Laden demise provided that window of a brief reprieve

    Comment by daggero | May 8, 2011 | Reply

  10. Although I am not unhappy at the outcome of the raid, I have also been very uncomfortable with the ensuing celebratory atmosphere. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by SJM | May 9, 2011 | Reply

  11. Good point, Daggero. The Saddam jubilation was definitely tempered by the cynicism of a US population who did not appreciate being hoodwinked over the WMD. Nor has there been any evidence – at least that I’ve seen – that he was training Al Qaeda. Weren’t these the reasons we interfered in another nation’s politics? I’m not sorry, but I feel chagrin to be so duped by our leadership. We sorta did the right thing for the wrong reason in Saddam’s case, IMHO.

    By the way, the economic situation seems to be cautiously but steadily improving, thanks be to God. 🙂

    You said it better than I did, Sparkle.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 9, 2011 | Reply

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