Monday, May 2, 2011

A Prayer for Osama bin Laden

A guest post by John Donaghy:

“Osama bin Laden – as we all know – was gravely responsible for promoting division and hatred between peoples, causing the end of countless innocent lives, and of exploiting religions to this end.
“Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of each and every one of us before God and before man, and hopes and commits himself so that no event be an opportunity for further growth of hatred, but for peace.”
Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson



Those who live by the sword die by the sword.
Matthew 26: 52

Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.
Matthew 5: 44

Do not look for revenge… Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.
Romans 12: 19

Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind.
Hosea 8:7

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
Proverbs 24:17

Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.
Luke 23: 34

Hate not.

Desire not to conquer or control, but love.


Some think your death will end terror
but terror does not rise or die with one man,
as Nazism did not rise or die with Hitler.

Terror rises from powerlessness
   but responds to another kind of terror
      that makes people powerless,
        a terror of loving money and power,
          controlling, hoarding, killing.

Obama bin Laden,
    May Allah give you the graciousness to repent
         for the deaths of innocents and soldiers,
           for the loss that so many families feel
             from your policies of terror and hate.

And may God give the West the graciousness to repent
    of killing in the name of ending terror,
      of the massacre of innocents through drone bombs,
        of the killing by hunger of innocents by economic policies
          that reward those already enriched
            and leave the poor with less than crumbs.

Lord, have mercy on us all.
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The text was reposted from Hermano Juancito with permission. I particularly appreciate John's sane voice today. Thanks, John! 
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5 comments:

Jan said...

Good post--thanks.

Big Mark 243 said...

Ditto Jan.

Robert said...

I am glad he is dead. But I will not rejoice.

okjimm said...

Stuff!!! the write stuff! Good on you!!

Fran said...

Hi BE ~ I posted that I think Gandhi got it right- An eye for en eye makes the whole world blind.
OBL was responsible for the 3000 deaths in the WTC, but in retaliation the US killed

Total In Combat American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4452

Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) 4311

Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 224


American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 33023 Over 100000
Latest Fatality April 29, 2011
Page last updated 05/1/11 11:23 am EDT
List of U.S. Servicemembers killed since 5/1/03
Put a Casualty Counter on Your Website

U.S. Wounded
Daily DoD Casualty Release
320,000 Vets Have Brain Injuries

18 Vet Suicides Per Day

Iraqi Casualties
Others

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq
318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan
1,566
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan
875
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq
1,487
Journalists - Iraq
348
Academics Killed - Iraq
448
Sources: DoD, MNF, and iCasualties.org

What kind of sick revenge involves killing exponentially more people who were not related to the initial attack?
More of our own soldiers lost their lives than were killed in the 9-11 attack.
Have we achieved revenge yet?

Was our mission accomplished?
Now al Qaeda is vowing revenge.
Who will stop this cycle of violence?

It bothers me that Obama (the nobel peace prize recipient) is speaking in terms of macho bravado, about the assassination of OBL.

How wise is it for the President of the United States to make the public statement about al Qaeda, that "We have cut off their head.", referring to a group of terrorists who actually have beheaded people?

The only silver lining for me would be they they do now declare "Mission Accomplished" & get the troops (all of them) out of Iraq & Afghanistan. There is nothing there to win.