Monday, May 2, 2011

Thoughts about the recent "celebrations"

I posted the following on Facebook as a note, and decided to copy it here.

I'm really not pleased with some of the images I saw last night and this morning. My friend Mark had a good status, which I've adapted:

We should all be humbled by the death of Osama bin Laden. To show Americans celebrating is sad. We should be thankful and respectful, and show dignity. To party and climb trees and mug for the cameras is no different than what we saw in other countries after 9/11. These acts only serve to fan the flames of hate and feelings of disrespect, discord, and enmity. We should focus on thanking our troops and intelligence personnel for their sacrifices that they've made over the years and will make in the future, and hope for peace.

I will NOT be sharing any pictures or comments/links that are disrespectful. I've already seen one of the Statue of Liberty holding bin Laden's head instead of a torch, with blood dripping from it. That's not funny -- it's creepy, disrespectful, and just plain wrong. And that was already circulating before President Obama's official statement.

This should be a time of reflection and perhaps even of sorrow. Some have called bin Laden a psychopath. Whether he was or not is irrelevant. He was still a human being.

As so are we all. Let's remember to treat one another the way we want to be treated.

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