“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy (emphasis mine). 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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
While Obama bombed Osama, my internet went wacko. As such I was not able to react to the newest global media overload, the death of US and world’s prime terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. While the hype or ‘celebration’ of Osama’s bombing continues, this quote from a friend’s wall on Facebook got me thinking.
Obviously the death of Osama is good news. A man who sent thousands to a premature embrace with their forefathers is certainly noting less than evil. No justification can stand to morph his heinous crimes into a palatable event. That said, the manner of US’s capture raises enough questions, I have no intention to go into that either. Besides, though Osama is gone, that does not necessarily translate into a ‘safer’ world. I stand to be corrected, but my guts tell me that soon more Osama’s will arise and they will have one single mission, to avenge his death.
Besides, I live in a volatile country, where religion has been used as an excuse to kill, main and destroy. I only pray that Osama’s death evokes no contrary reaction, down under. It had happened before, so this is no mere exaggeration, a comic drawn in Holland did nothing there, only for it to reverberate into a fountain of blood in Naija.
Back to Martin Luther King’s quote, is it right to celebrate Osama’s death? Something similar happened here in Naija, when General Abacha died, the whole nation erupted in wild jubilation. I was still an undergraduate and there was an instantaneous all night party on campus as soon as Abacha’s death was confirmed. This of course is a pointer, to those who inflict pain on others, forgetting that someday they will be equally pay retribution. Osama certainly deserved the death he got. Our planet also has been spared the stench of darkness. However, methinks we are gradually losing our humanity by gloating over the death of another man!
NB: I admire reader’s reactions and comments. However, let’s be civil and rational, avoiding foul language. Besides it’s only my ‘opinion’.