Revenge or justice?, America’s reaction to Bin Laden’s death

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The recent death of al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, has aroused a wave of patriotism throughout the United States.

From the celebrating crowd that gathered outside the White House as the President addressed the nation to Philadelphia Phillies fans chanting “U-S-A” upon hearing the news, the al-Qaida leader’s death has evoked great emotion in the hearts of American citizens.

Bin Laden’s death is a great statement about how far America has come since the tragedy of Sep. 11, 2001.  As President Obama stated in his address to the country, it marks a significant advance in the war on terror for the United States.

There is no doubt that bin Laden’s death is a benefit to this country, but were the wild celebrations that followed the breaking news cries for justice or revenge?

Justice is a pursuit of seeking what is fair in the eyes of the law.  Parents of victims who see their child’s murderer convicted and sent to prison feel a sense of peace and closure that only justice can bring.

Revenge is based out of emotions.  Hatred and anger permeate those who wish to seek revenge.

Surely a certain reporter that first broke the news and said he was “delighted” to inform America that Osama bin Laden is dead did not reflect the values of justice.

Has this country become so desensitized that the death of one evil man arouses chants and gatherings celebrating the occasion? 

Indeed, bin Laden’s death revealed the thirst for vengeance that consumed the hearts of American citizens. 

“His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity,” President Obama said.

Welcomed.  A contented heart about the death of a man who caused this country such pain and suffering is welcomed, but surely rash cries of jubilation for his death are not.

The painful memories of friends and families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will live on, but may they be at peace knowing that justice has been accomplished. 

May revenge no longer shape the thoughts of American citizens, and may the closure of bin Laden’s death bring about peace, rather than celebration, out of respect for life itself.

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