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Greetings, Bearers and others,

In light of what happened Sunday night with regard to the finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden, it’s been interesting to see the reactions that have filled the airwaves and the Internet.  Some people are absolutely giddy about the SEAL team going in and taking him out.  Some are angry that Bin Laden was shot rather than brought to trial (although it’s been said that Bin Ladin himself started shooting back once the SEALs breached his compound and entered).

My take on all of it: while I am glad that Bin Laden is no longer a threat, I take no pleasure in his death.  There’s nothing great or enjoyable about killing somebody, even if it is done on behalf of justice.  If you talk to  soldiers, policemen, or civilians who have had to kill in self-defense, most of them don’t relish the idea that they had to end a life-and rightly so. 

By no means is this an indictment against those who have killed with justification.  Far from it; it’s a necessary evil at times, and it’s one that is sanctioned by God in the Scriptures.  But that doesn’t make it any more enjoyable to do, or any more enjoyable to hear.  It’s something that had to be done, though, and God bless those who did the job.

And that’s my take on it.

J. Dean.


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