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(Just to be clear, I do think that the United States’ original conflict in Afghanistan, and it’s subsequent manhunt for Osama Bin Laden was completely justified.)

Last night, at around 11:00, I was in my room trying desperately to catch up on one of my term papers.. I was slowly making progress when my father informed me from downstairs that Osama Bin Laden was dead.

Hearing a statement with such historic implications obviously filled my brain with many thoughts. Firstly, “History, How dare you interrupt my studying time?” Secondly, “Oh crap, People aren’t going to want to hear me talk about how ineffective interventionism is for at least a few weeks.”

Seriously though, having realized how selfish I am by nature, I walked downstairs and sat with my dad to wait for coverage of Obama’s inevitable address to the nation. As I waited for Obama’s speech, ABC kept interviewing various former intelligence officials and showing stock footage of Bin Laden throughout the last 10 years.

Suddenly, I found myself very emotional, and my feelings were not of happiness. The only thing that I could think of were the thousands of lives that have been taken as a result of Bin Laden’s actions. I found myself wondering if whether or not justice had been served.  I can’t condone the United States’ actions against Bin Laden, ( I personally think that he should have been hung on American soil.) but seeing and hearing about the massive celebrations across the country disappointed me immensely. I couldn’t help but think about the lack of  value that our society places on life.

I am embarrassed that any of my fellow Americans took to the streets in jubilation last night. Is it ethical to celebrate the loss of any human life? I don’t think that it is. I’m not upset that Bin Laden was killed, just by many Americans reaction to his death.  Am I the only person who remembers coverage of Al-Quaeda’s supporters celebrating after 9/11?

I do believe that evil exists, and I do believe that Osama Bin Laden was a man possessed by it. I think that terrorists such as himself should be shown justice, but only in a way which reflects the goodness of those who are administering the justice. When we are forced to resort to killing, we should behave in a way in which we testify to peace, as opposed to the hatred in which Bin Laden used against us.

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. […] Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.