by Emily Huntington
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Those words ring a hundred truths, yet at the same time, is it bad to feel some sort of pride, or relief, that the man who orchestrated the largest terrorist plot to our country is now dead? Is it bad to feel good that the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives didn’t die for nothing?
When I heard that Osama bin Laden had been killed, the first thing to come out of my mouth was “NICE!” then I thought, “maybe I shouldn’t be happy about that…” but then, I thought it was okay to feel a little joy because of what he did to our country.
My mind always goes back to what MLK said. I’ve always been the type to see the good in people before judging them or assuming what everyone else does about them. But at the same time, when someone steals the innocent lives of millions, I don’t believe they deserve any amount of respect.
“…Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” This may be true, but I can still despise what he did and rest easy knowing that he’s gone.
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