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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden RIP

If true, may he rest in peace.  If true,  this is a somber victory and should be regarded as such.  No one wins when we make a martyr of anyone, and especially not when people figuratively spit on his grave.  I'm truly sorry that this has to be the resolution of the whole terrible ordeal.

As Anthony says of Caesar,

"The evil men do lives after them;
the good is oft interred with their bones;
so let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
hath told you that Caesar were ambitious;
if it were so, it was a grievous fault
and grievously hath Caesar answered it.

I am no partisan of bin Laden and his followers, but surely we have matured to a place in our civilization where we do not need to crow over a fallen enemy?  That the observance of such a deep moral victory can be made a solemn occasion for remembering not only that something great has been accomplished, but that it had to be accomplished at a terrible price in lives--both those who have died today and those who have died as we have attempted to accomplish this end.

I think the Commonplace Blog did a nice job of summing up.

What the Vatican spokesperson had to say:

"Osama bin Laden, as we all know, had the very grave responsibility of spreading division and hatred amongst the people, causing the death of countless of people, and of instrumentalizing religion for this end," he said. "In front of the death of man, a Christian never rejoices but rather reflects on the grave responsibility of each one in front of God and men, and hopes and commits himself so that every moment not be an occasion for hatred to grow but for peace."

The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously ha

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