Those of you who know me know that I like to play Devil's Advocate. I honestly believe that there are two sides to every story and each side needs to be considered in order to avoid ignorance. It is ignorance that I dislike more than anything. I believe that ignorance has caused many of the terrible happenings in the world, past and present. Therefore, when I heard that Osama was dead I weighed both sides before deciding to write this blog. A note to those who refuse to hear both sides of any story STOP READING NOW PLEASE!
Initial reaction: My instant reaction was a smile that spread quickly across my face. Then the facebook posts came in stating that they would not rejoice over a life lost, so I though "OK my initial reaction was one of rejoice, so what am I missing?"
Considering my opposing view: I decided to ponder each side during the day to avoid ignorance. I read over people's posts and my Christian beliefs did agree that Jesus would not want me to rejoice over a life lost, bad or good. A friend posted this verse Proverbs 24: 17-18 "Don't rejoice when your enemies fall: don't be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn His anger away from them. I really liked this verse and sat and thought about it for awhile. This verse really rang true with my Christian beliefs so why was I still feeling so strongly the opposite way? Do I want to have a Death to Osama party? No...Do I think what happened was justice? Yes! In regards to those having huge parties in the streets..is that how I am choosing to celebrate, if you can call it celebrate, No.
My view on Osama's death: Do I wish that this world could exist with out war: Yes. Will it: No! Why?...Evil! Evil will always be a part of this world. None of us on this earth will understand why that is but unfortunately some people are born evil, others are bread to be evil. Education is the only way to stop those who are being bread that way but nothing can be done to those born this way. No amount of talk therapy or Prozac will cure those who are truly evil. Osama was truly evil. And truthfully he scared the crap out of me. I remember the night after the September 11th attack I woke up from a dead sleep convinced that I heard a bomb go off. I thought the terrorists were taking over our wonderful country and woke my parents up sobbing uncontrollably. I lived with a sense of fear somewhere in my mind ever since. I now can sleep a little easier knowing that someone that terrible is gone from the face of this earth. Since I have come to terms with the fact that our world will not exist without war I choose to support the brave men and women who fight for our freedom. I am positive that if you could talk to one of the soldiers who died to put an end to terrorism they would rejoice in Osama's death. I can't help but feel that opposing this death is a disrespect to those fallen soldiers. I am not rejoicing in their death, although I do wonder if they would rejoice in their own. Many soldiers would be beyond proud to die for their country. I end with this note...A few years ago I had a good friend of mine lose a family member to someone who was truly evil. This senseless death horrified myself and brought pain and anguish to many people. Maybe it is because I have seen first hand what evil can do that I smile over Osama's death. Maybe it is because I would not want one cent of my tax paying money to go to keeping him alive. And maybe it is because I owe my own safety and freedom to those who fight everyday to make this country an amazing place to live in. I will ask for forgiveness because I understand that my God may not agree with my view on the matter. Thank-you soldiers who fought and died and who continue to fight to rid this world of the evil that is born into it. Thank-you to the teachers who educate about racism in order to rid the world of those bread that way.