Lest Ye Become a Monster

The whole world (except these guys and these guys) is celebrating the end of Osama Bin Laden’s life.  But is celebration the appropriate response?

Chris Hedges, who wrote I Don’t Believe in Atheists after his debates with Hitch and Sam Harris left him offended by New Athiesm’s overreach (and occasionally reckless neoconservatism), gave a speech at a Truthdig fundraiser on Sunday night.  He is an expert in Arab politics and U.S. Middle East policy and makes the point that many of us feel, that nationalism is dangerous and this high we feel is not one that we should indulge or cheer. And as bad ass as this raid was, as gutsy as the call made by the President was, as necessary as this justice feels,  sydiot is inclined to agree with Hedges and Dr. King:

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”

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