The headlines about Osama Bin Laden's murder came as a shock to me. Of course, I neither support nor condone acts of terror and yes, the news about the innocent victims of 9/11 were even more shocking.
However, is killing someone in their bedroom in the middle of the night much more humane? Do two wrongs really make it right? Isn't it sad - and embarrassing, that in 21st century mankind still thinks in the archaic "eye for eye, ear for ear" pattern?
President Obama declared that "Justice has been done" but it rather feels that the US Government opened the Pandora's box of evil. For Al Qaeda' s new generation of terrorists Bin Laden must have been God, so they are likely to try to "do justice" themselves now.
An online friend posted a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., which sums it up perfectly:
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. 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"
So how to brake the cycle of terror and revenge?