I don’t write very often about current news events, including politics, mainly because I find that statement about them, like religion, tend to divide more than they tend to unite. I can find other things that are more worthy of nice debate than what’s going on at the center of governments, news, or church.

That said, I’m saddened to a degree concerning the “celebratory” aspects that we as a country are exhibiting over the death of Osama bin Laden.

Let me get this out of the way. I’m not “sad” he’s gone. The world is a better place without him. I won’t mourn his passing and I’m extremely proud of our men and women in uniform, in particular Navy Seal Team 6, for the manner in which they carried out their raid/mission. I’m not a radical Muslim apologist. I believe that what happend on 9/11 was an act of war and that the response from the USA has been appropriate, even if it’s a protracted battle.

What I find disheartening is the public euphoria over his death. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear that the cheering throngs outside the White House and other places were radicals celebrating a successful terrorist attack. Are we not better than that? Do we seriously delight in celebrating the death of one man? Isn’t that something we deplore about Muslim radicals? And yet here we are acting in the same manner.

I won’t say “shame on us” since I too feel a sense of closure that he’s gone. What I will say is that I’m disappointed that we as a great nation find it acceptable to publically revel in the death of a man. I thought we as a people, as a nation, would be above this type of theatrical reaction. Stoicism was what I hoped for instead of the resulting carnival.

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