May 4, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Cheer peace, not death


I was shocked and horrified with the celebration over the death of Osama bin Laden. I am grateful that he is dead, but even a despot has a mother and father, a wife (in his case several wives), children. He was still a human being and deserves just a bit of reverence.

At the end of World War II we celebrated that the war was over, not the death of one man. When all of radical Islam and their terror cells are killed or surrender, then we can celebrate the end of conflict.

When we celebrate violent death, what separates us from the attitude of terrorists? I am grateful for the sacrifice our military has made to preserve freedom, and I hope that the remaining terror cells are disrupted and neutralized so we can have just a bit more peace in this world.

Kenneth M. Johansen


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