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Monday, May 2, 2011

Justice Is Not Served With Hatred

There is generally a reason I discuss anything political about as much as I'd discuss gynecology, and then, in hushed tones. Because everyone gets fiery, defending positions, and some attack those who disagree. Vehemently. "What kind of patriot are YOU?" No, I am not celebrating a death. No, I am not in mourning for Osama. These are not one and the same. Along with Osama, for example, there was a young woman who died, a human shield. No name. No details. An emotionless 10 second, repeated bite: "A young woman used as a human shield was killed".

In the Land of the Free, in the wee morning hours, violence had already erupted towards a former US soldier of Muslim persuasion. Thankfully, he and his friends were just egged, but can we expect worse?

On the whole, whoever said this and decided to quote it as being MLK Jr.'s quote,  may have said it best: 

"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." --Unknown

Justice cannot be served with hatred. The death of Osama does not remove a terrible threat, a terrible source of hate. Just as Adolph Hitler's death sounded a death knell for the Thousand Year Reich, but did not completely kill it, there was temporarily a second Fuher after his death, and his hatred still lives on, quietly. 
We cannot serve justice with lies, with half-truths, with bits of details tossed out in a "We just said this to keep it interesting, don't look too far into it, OK?"

We may not approve of someone, we may find anger burning at the horror of someone's acts. But to celebrate a death, to say "Justice is done" and wash our hands while still people are hurting, while there is still more, and more loose ends to tie, is a fallacy. A death knell sounded-for a horrendous man. His teachings live on, and "Justice is done" is not the truth, in the slightest.


  1. Women's rights do not exist in certain areas of the world. I've been on "Equality Now"'s snail-mailing list since I was in high school and the atrocities I have read just haunt me, there's no better way to put it.

  2. Scary isn't it? I read that stuff & I freeze in fear.

  3. Scary isn't it? I read that stuff & I freeze in fear.