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For those who post the mangled MLK quote in reference to Bin Laden's death, I respect the general sentiment against violence, but there are exceptions when one has committed oneself to purposeful and callous mass murder. Such a person cannot be stopped by understanding or embrace, and to believe that one who relentlessly pursues the blood of innocent people should be spared is a kind of spiritual narcissism at the expense of future victims, human lives more deserving of our empathy. There may well have been a reason that the operation was originally scheduled for 4-30 but was postponed a day due to weather. 4-30 is the date of Hitler's departure from planet Earth.

For context, consider but our great national wound of 9-11... innocent people boarded planes to see their loved ones or fly somewhere for a meeting and were purposely driven headlong into a building or into the ground, others who just went to work found themselves making a decision to jump from 100 stories into concrete rather than face death by jet fuel, and brigades of firefighters marched up stairs as towers quaked and collapsed upon them. I weep no tears for Bin Laden. He did these things and more and would have planned and executed ever more horrific acts if possible.

Do not misread the celebrations. In a deep sense this was our VE Day, our VJ Day. To be certain, Bin Laden's death was not an absolute resolution, but it can and should be a pivot point -- a point to celebrate the good within this country, of things we once held as our values, and away from not only the wounds inflicted upon us but also away from the dark paths into which 9-11 led us. Let us celebrate this chance to move from fear and manipulation, from unnecessary wars and the 'collateral damage' of human lives within those countries, from an embrace of torture and rendition and Abu Ghraib and atrocities, from indifference to the damaged bodies and minds of servicemen and women sent into the hell of war, from the fathomless place we allowed this single event to take our national conscience.

May this mark a point of our transformation because the greater danger was that, left unattended, 9-11 would continue to seed fear and division and propel forces of hegemony within us. You know those forces well for they march through the populace first with fear, then with hatred, and morph ever so deftly into mistrust and racism and bullying threats and violent actions against our fellow citizens. We watched it funnel into 'Obama the terrorist,' the demonized monster, the 'secret Muslim,' not Christian but the dangerous other, the non-American, whatever and everything those forces could roll up into a dense thicket of vague rage. Such cover allowed them to hide behind the weeds while holding the true and ugly source of their fear and fanaticism close to their erratically beating chests, that Obama was a black man, a black man who could not be trusted and who did not belong in their community. All of this devolved from 9-11, from the wrench socket it implanted within us, readying us to be exploited by any prejudice that whispered within us.

For this, it is especially gratifying that the successful mission to take out 9-11's architect was the successful outcome of an order by a black American president. All of that cluttered brush was cleared away with this one decision, one real mission accomplished, and it has left the birthers and the fear peddlers and the anti-Christers and the 'you liars' and the Tea Party 'Obama-Hitlers' and the Becks and Limbaughs and Foxhounds alone in the open, naked with nothing but their festering racism. That is where we have been heading in a great irrational march manipulated for the benefit of a plutocracy, a privileged class of corporatists and the wealthy right. This act has knocked those forces back on their heels -- though it is a fight that is not as sure and certain as a Navy Seal taking out Bin Laden -- but for now, I celebrate in the hope that this is a toehold to reclaiming the compass of our conscience.

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  •  I see nothing wrong with (0+ / 0-)

    Americans and others rejoicing over Bin Laden's death.

  •  good diary ignatzmouse (1+ / 0-)
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    here's a link  to what appears to be the full text of Dr. King's sermon.

    I think it is a foolish enterprise for people to assume they know what Dr. King would have said on this occasion and support it by taking Dr. King;s comments out of context.  

    •  Not only out of context, but . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      adding a phrase he never uttered.

      Now in all fairness to the original person who added this phrase ( a young lady in PA who posted it on he facebook page) she never intended it to be attributed to MLK. However the nets in all its rumor based glory picked it up and ran with it as a whole thought.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Wed May 04, 2011 at 06:04:49 AM PDT

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  •  So, do you view this action (0+ / 0-)

    as punishment for past acts, or to prevent a clear and present danger  in the imminent future?   Which part are you celebrating?  

    Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

    by Eiron on Wed May 04, 2011 at 07:07:26 AM PDT

    •  Nonviolence and necessity (0+ / 0-)

      I cheer for all the reasons outlined above, or to be more concise, an open wound has festered for ten years and become more and more infected with all manner of misdirected darkness. This act addresses the wound in a correct manner and as such it exposes all of the surfeit for what it was and begins the national healing on many levels. It also makes a serious impact upon the future intent to murder in the name of religion. Of course it won't end such attempts, but it correctly addresses it instead of say starting a war and bombing the hell out of everything in sight. Pointedly, the Dalai Lama spoke to these very concerns today...

      "Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened... If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures."
  •  Everyone reacts in different ways (0+ / 0-)

    Personally, my feelings regarding the dealth of OBL are relief that he is no longer an active threat to innocent people.   But I also realize that everyone reacts to and processes events differently.   And that I was not directly affected by the events of 9/11 or the the other terrorist acts perpetrated by OBL.   And that would change my reaction I think.

    And at the end of the day I think what matters is not how we reacted initially, but how we react going forward.  Do we use this as an excuse to expand our actions in the Middle East or to move to something more targeted?

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