The death of terror
May 2nd, 2011 by Regina Brett
The announcement took us by surprise. So did my reaction.
Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The president never looked more presidential as he made the announcement last night on TV.
At first I felt elated. The man who masterminded the attack on our country and other countries around the world was dead. Hurray!
Then I felt a surge of patriotism. God bless the USA!
But when I saw footage of youthful Americans dancing and cheering in the streets of New York City and Washington D.C., it didn't seem right.
A stillness came over me that hasn't left.
I can't celebrate the death of any human being, no matter how heinous their crimes, no matter how many victims they murdered, no matter what destruction they leveled. I'm glad that we stopped this man from harming any more people, but I can't cheer his death.
What do we do? What is a respectful response to his death? What is the best way to remember all those who lost their lives in terrorist attacks and in this war on terrorism?
I think we're all called to pray for peace, that peace that surpasses all understanding.