May 02, 2011

Relief vs. Celebration

I experienced relief upon the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Now, this relief is quite a different emotion than the happiness, or even jubilation that some seem to be having at the same news.

Osama Bin Laden was an evil man, who deserved to die. And, if given the chance mere weeks after Sept. 11th, I would have likely been elated at the privilege of pulling the trigger myself.

That reaction, however, would have been pure retaliation in rage. 10 years later, rage no longer occupies the mind space I had for the man. I am glad the man is dead. But it's hard to celebrate.