Friday, June 09, 2006


Is it a good thing

Is it a good thing to celebrate the death, or even the murder of anyone? What if that person is a criminal, a deviant, or terrorist? Of course, many of you know where I am going with this. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Queda leader in Iraq, was killed in an air raid north of the town of Baquba on Wednesday evening. After news of his death, politicians were giddy with joy and many citizens all over the world were celebrating his passing.

And although the Afghanistan's Taleban are downplaying his death, many of the rest of the world is pointing out the importance of this event and hoping that it will be a turning point in this "War on Terror".

So, my question for all of those exicted:

Is this an appropriate reaction, even for the most hated of individuals? Does anyone deserve to die or be killed? Even under special circumstances, like war or crime? How do we justify this action, and even more so, how do we justify our pleasure with his passing?

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