May 3, 2011
Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead. According to the infallible law of karma, Osama undoubtedly reaped what he sowed. He was responsible for many deaths. Thus, he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. That's fine.
Notwithstanding, I am troubled by what I see in the photo above. A child with, what looks like a peace-sign-adorned raincoat, with a banner saying, "Yeah, Osama is dead," and a heavy-set woman with a big smile on her face like she just won a month of free dinners at Golden Corral. Of course, the big woman is fingering her trusty smart-phone, probably ordering pizza.
It is a throwback to the old days, when crowds, young and old alike, would gather in a carnival-like atmosphere before the gallows to witness a hanging. A child this age does not understand enough about life and death to celebrate another human's demise. This girl is expressing what she has heard her parents say and is, more than likely, doing this to get their attention.
We think we are modern and sophisticated in this technological age, superior to those who cheered when the hangman's noose broke the necks of human beings long ago. We still have much to learn, in my opinion.
The peace sign was stolen a long time ago by Madison Avenue to hawk all sorts of junk, especially to young people with high ideals. It is sad because this symbol was originally created to promote nuclear disarmament in the 1950's, and was later used by the anti-war movement of the 1960's. From this picture, I'd say the symbol has lost all its efficacy.
I'm not saying that bin Laden should not have paid for his crimes. It's just troubling to see so much celebration of death and revenge. America is not a Christian nation. Of that I am certain. She never was and never will be.