This was the banner headline on the local paper today. American forces finally located Bin Laden’s hideout. In the ensuing fire fight Bin Laden was killed, his body collected, and today he was buried at sea.
Hopefully this event will be the beginning of the end of the terrorist threat against peace-loving people around the world. I imagine we’ll never know the detail of the final minutes of Bin Laden’s life, for instant whether it might have been possible to capture him rather than kill him. It would seem that there might have been some advantage to the good guys of gaining whatever intelligence Bin Laden might have given up if he’d been captured.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, but I’m just sayin’….
The thing that concerns me is the giant banner headlines, the breathless talking heads on the news channels, and especially the joyful celebration in the streets of the nation’s capital and other cities last night. Don’t all these festivities surrounding the death of another human being, no matter how evil he might be, just drag us down to his level? There are a lot of people who don’t like the United States. I wonder how they felt watching Americans dancing in the streets last night. Can we legitimately claim moral superiority after the whole world has watched these displays?
I’m listening to a local radio show that hosted an on-line poll asking “Is the death of Bin Laden a cause for celebration?” The response was an overwhelming 95% “yes”.
I understand the reasoning. This guy was responsible for the deaths of thousands of human beings, both American and others. The human desire for vengeance is strong. But, “‘Vengeance is mine’ sayeth the Lord.” We may have killed the guy, but I’m pretty sure that’s a walk in the park compared to what Jesus has in store for him.
Of course, the other concern is how the terrorist community is going to react to Ben Laden’s death. We’ve created an instant martyr for the terrorists and retribution may be severe if not swift. Burial at sea prevents his grave being a gathering place for his supporters. But by depositing his body, a lot more questions have been asked than answered.
I’m not saying that the world isn’t a better place today than it was yesterday. I’m not saying that it is either. Only time will tell how this all plays out. Meanwhile, celebration may not be our best response.