Growing up in a Christian community, I have heard “thou shalt not kill” like a broken record. I would like to imagine that all people feel that way. However, it constantly amazes me that typically there is at least one, if not a number of murders, that show up on the news every night. Murders are one of those things that the entire world assumes would never happen to them, yet they occur so often and are always looked down upon. It is almost an expected action, that one should mourn for the victim. With that said, is it morally correct to murder a murderer, and to celebrate it?
First of all, what is murder?
Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice forethought, characterized by deliberation of premeditation occurring during the commission of another serious crime as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).
Now to relate this to 9/11 and the years that have followed:
It comes into question, what crimes did Osama Bin Laden commit and did we or did we not murder him?
To keep things simple, it would be best to focus on what was the crime of 9/11 – was it murder?
1. It was premeditated.
2. It involved the commission of another serious crime: robbery of a plane.
I think it is safe to say the act of 9/11 could be considered first degree murder, according to the definition.
Now, did we murder Bin Laden?
1. It was planned. We had been searching for him for years, and president Obama had given the okay to bring him in dead or alive.
2. It involved the commission of another serious crime. We broke into his compound.
First degree murder, again.
So, was it right to celebrate the death of Osama Bin Laden?
Just like the death of thousands of US citizens were celebrated?
I would love to say that they had different meanings. That the death of an evil man should have been celebrated, and that it was wrong for the Muslim world to commit such a tragedy, but the point is “thou shalt not kill.”
You cannot fight violence with violence with the goal of peace in mind; The world will always be violent.
Perhaps the death of Bin Laden did make the world a safer place, for a little while, but we killed him with violence and his followers will eventually retaliate with more violence.
As a closing, I would like to end with a short paragraph that I had written previously on this topic.
Maybe I have very different opinions than most people, but I don’t think we should have celebrated Bin Laden’s death publicly… The first image is Palestinians celebrating the 9/11 attacks, which yes is awful and wrong and did we deserve to celebrate the death of such a bad man, yes. But the first step to stopping this chain is being the first to say no. We should have said killing him is our victory, let’s show the Muslim world we don’t celebrate the death of people.