If our response to everything we oppose is to destroy, and if we take pride in that destruction, if we wave our flags in celebration for both death and life in the same way as when an Olympic champion raises up a gold medal, then America has lost sight of its dream.
The dead are still dead, the sick are still sick and the homeless are still looking for a place to call home. Osama bin Laden’s death will not heal the world, and since when did a man’s death also destroy his beliefs?
The idea that crashed into the World Trade Center will not die with one man, and it will not be by an act of violence that our country will begin to heal what has been broken.
Before we raise our voices and celebrate, let us first look more closely at what we are celebrating. What is it that we have achieved?
Let us take this time to honor all those who have died by the hands of hatred, and then continue to work for peace, through peaceful actions and kindness. And hopefully the next time our country has cause for celebration it will not be a result of a man’s death, but rather a celebration of peace, understanding and compassion.