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Bin Laden’s death is no cause for joy

The death of Osama bin Laden has brought about many emotions from the world, and the biggest emotion to be shown is happiness.

While bin Laden’s death might bring some form of closure to family members of those who died on Sept. 11, overt happiness, and celebratory events should not be taking place. This is wrong.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a great idea behind not celebrating death in one of his sermons. “Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multiples toughness in a descending spiral of destruction,” he said.

Yes, Osama was a terrorist and he caused a lot of huge problems for the world. But what will celebrating his death do? It would only lead to more hatred towards us.

And the fact is, it’s our fault Osama was as big of a problem as he became. We helped to build up the Afghani people when we needed their help against the Russians, and then we turned around and left them to figure things out on their own when we had what we needed from them.

Osama had reason to be mad at us, look at what we did to him. We did to them what has been done to them many times, and they had nothing else to do.

“Do unto others” comes to mind, when realizing what America did.

How can we hate that which we created? We did not know how crazy he would get and that we would be attacked, but it should have been expected that people would not be happy with us for abandoning them.

To continue to show hatred will only force people to hate us back. The death of this one man does not matter when there is a bigger picture to look at.

The war is not over and we’ve still lost people. His death hasn’t stopped the terrorists and it will not end the war. His death won’t heal all the hurt people hurt by the tragic events of Sept. 11.

His death is a victory for us, but isn’t one to be celebrated.

If your father were a murderer, you wouldn’t want his death to be celebrated, even if he did do something bad. You need to respect others as if you were in their position.

As a nation, we were hurt by bin Laden’s actions, but it does not mean that we should continue to hurt others in retaliation for the actions that he was involved in.

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Stephan Starnes
Stephan Starnes, Former Staff
For seven semesters Stephan served on the staff of The Connection in various capacities, holding almost every title possible during that time. Everything from Editor in Chief to News Editor to Copyeditor and even Visual Editor were titles that were attached to his name at some point. As a veteran on the paper, Stephan shared his experience and skills with everyone that joined during his time there. Finishing his degrees in Journalism, Liberal Arts and Photography in spring 2014 he graduated from CRC and retired from the newspaper. Semesters on Staff: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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Bin Laden’s death is no cause for joy