Sunday, 1 May 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead

I woke up early this morning to hear the news breaking that Osama bin Laden is dead ,killed in an American operation. Many people will rejoice that a man held responsible for 9/11 and the agony and suffering caused by the destruction of so many lives is no more
I understand this point but still find it hard to rejoice in anyones death and I certainly pray that Osama's death will not unleash another cycle of violence and retaliation,death and destruction.
Mike Frost on his Facebook page has this comment
Remember Prov 24:17: "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice". The violent destruction of evil must be greeted with silence and solemnity not crude celebration.

I think I will leave it at that and pray for peace in our world

Update this is the Vatican's reaction which for me at least seems sensible and sane

Osama Bin Laden – as everyone knows – has had the gravest responsibility for spreading hatred and division among people, causing the deaths of countless people, and exploiting religion for this purpose.
Faced with the death of a man, a Christian does not rejoice in anything, but reflects on the serious responsibility of everyone before God and man, and hopes and pledges that every event is not an opportunity for a further growth of hatred, but of peace.


  1. I agree with you. I felt extremely uneasy listening to news on the Radio and hearing people cheering etc etc in the background. That kind of reaction doesn't make us any better. Judyx

  2. Agree Judy we are called to love our enemies It can be tough sometimes though !