Monday, May 02, 2011

Dark Symmetry

2001: Muslims take to the streets, cheering and waving flags, to celebrate the success of the 9/11 attacks and the deaths of 3000 people, and regaling 19 hijackers as heroes.

2011: Americans take to the streets, cheering and waving flags, to celebrate the success of Operation Enduring Freedom and the culmination of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East, and regaling 5000+ servicemen as heroes.

No matter where you are in the world, people are people.

(For the avoidance of confusion - this is a sociological comment, not a political comment or a religious comment. My only comparison is the people in the streets in the Middle East to the people in the streets in the US).

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Additional comment from Dr. Joe Smith, the honorary associate pastor at our former (Maryland) church: "It is a relief to know that bin Laden is gone. And yet, quite apart from the geopolitical implications, how dare we go farther and rejoice in this if we follow a God who 'desires not the death of any man'?" Amen.

Additional quote posted on Facebook, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 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" (updated note: some controversy as to whether the first sentence is specifically attributed to him. Rest is confirmed. I moved the quotation marker.)

Article on Salon.com: "USA! USA!" is the wrong response

Additional quote posted on Facebook, from the response of the Roman Catholic Church: "Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, 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."

"Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble" - Proverbs 24:7

2 comments:

Knot said...

When I saw people doing that it reminded me of seeing crowds in the middle east burning Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush in effigy.

Really ... are we so much different than them if we don't take the high road?

Courtney said...

No, I don't think we are much different from them, on a human level.