“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” ~
Mark Twain Clarence Darrow
As every breathing creature on the planet knows by now, Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US government in a Navy SEAL operation on May 2nd, 2011. He was one of the most despised men on the planet and when word of his death was released celebrations broke out across the land. This guy even shaved his beard. It is an interesting phenomena encountered when the death of a man is cause for celebration. And it brings to mind some interesting questions on morality and issues such as the death penalty.
I can assume we all pretty much agree that this guy deserved to die. Right? At least everyone in the United States agrees. But what if he had only killed my family in his attacks. Would it be a different story then if I wished him dead?
Do you think BIn Laden should have been captured alive or was it better to kill him on the spot? At what point is it ok to wish someone dead? Do they have to kill a certain number of people? How much of an asshole do you have to be before the world is justified in terminating your existence and then throwing a keg party?
Bin Laden’s NYT obituary is here.
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