Nope, I’m Not Sad He’s Dead

Things like this interest me.

CelebratingOsama'sDeath-LOLObviously the author is comparing this crowd, cheering outside the Whitehouse after the announcement of OBL’s death, to the crowds of middle-easterners cheering in the street after 9/11.

And yes, one crowd of people celebrating looks very much like another.  But there the similarity ends. Crowds of middle-easterners behaving thus over the death of 3000 innocent civilians is not, in fact, “like” this crowd celebrating the death of a mass-murdering sociopath who killed 3000 of their fellow-citizens.

I think, perhaps, that these people, like me, are glad that a clear and present threat to them, their loved ones, and millions of other innocents is no more. Imagine, instead that they are cheering the elimination of cancer and you’ll see what I mean.

Then, of course, we have this little gem, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” A noble and worthwhile sentiment and reminder wrongly attributed to MLK Jr. for a bit on the internet. The quote was tossed out across the twitter feed only a few hours after the announcement of UBL’s death.

No doubt the twitterer was offended by scenes like the one above. I agreed with the sentiment but the timing seemed off. I did not join a flash crowd and dance in the streets but I was certainly glad that UBL was dead. Was I somehow wrong?

No, I don’t think I was. Stirring quote notwithstanding, one is allowed to celebrate when a mad dog has been put down. Some people, identified by their actions, have squandered their value as human beings and their right to life. Such people must be killed or imprisoned in order to stop their depredations.

If such scenes as the one above offend you I suggest you tell yourself that they are celebrating the end of the mad dog’s terrorizing actions rather than engaging in some sort of bloodlust. Surely there’s a quote out there about giving people the benefit of the doubt? Maybe MLK Jr. said something about it…

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One Response to Nope, I’m Not Sad He’s Dead

  1. I agree. Its always easy to be bldneid by Patriotism and see America as only a force of good, and no to look at History from any other angle than he Myopic version we learn form our own retelling of our own History.Look at the story of how America began. The American Revolution becomes Noble, purehearted Patriots fighting evil redcoats and a Tyrannical King, and of course they were Justified. Is any attempt made to understand the Loyalist perspective in the War?For the longest Time the Indians were Savages who never really developed the Land so lost the Right to it, and White men of European Decent had a Manifest Destiny to claim it. No one Questioned it. No one today bothers to learn about the western Expansions Moral Impetus.Or look at even WW1, does anyone really think about the Kaiser?The Emperor in Viet Nam was deposed after a Rigged election because America didn’t want to support a Monarchy. We don’t learn abut this, or how the Rigged Election lead directly to the Veit Kong and Communism, because e prefer to think of ourselves as blameless. We don’t learn about how the Emperor was deposed. But had America not intervened to get rid of the Emperor in the first place, the Communists would have had no opening and we could have avoided the whole War.The same applies to the Shah in Iran. Had America not sponsored the Revolution to overthrow him, the current Iranian problems we see would not exist and we’d have a lot more peaceful world.While I am not saying America has been nothing but evil and done nothing but evil in the world, I do think too many Americans don’t stop and think about how America has effected global politics, or even its own internal history, and certainly they don’t realise how short sighted Politicians often created the problems we see today. Somehow Iran was self generating and just came into being one day. Somehow Osama just popped up and started killing people because he hates America. No reason, he’s just Evil.In that way I do understand Osama. He did what he thought was right, and fought for Freedom. While I don’t condemn his terrorism, and certainly think his attack on the World trade Centre was unjustified, I can at least see where he was coming from.