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I woke up this morning wrestling with the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. Special Forces. The responses in my Twitter and Facebook feeds varied. Some rejoiced. Some were disheartened that others would rejoice at yet another act of violence in defense of justice. And some were in the middle…they just didn’t know how to feel.
I think I fall in the middle. As someone who was at the Pentagon Metro station 10 minutes before a plane plowed into the side of a seemingly impenatrable building, I realized how monumental this occassion was for many. It helped close a chapter to a very difficult period in our nation’s history. On the other hand, as a Christian, I have to ask the obvious question that continues to resurface when violence in defense of justice is the issue.
Is violence in defense of justice okay? Is it always necessary? I don’t think the answer is very clear. Try telling the Japanese-Americans held in concentration camps in the Pacific Northwest after Pearl Harbor that it’s okay. Try telling the Japenese women and children killed by nuclear weaponry after Pearl Harbor that it’s okay. Try telling the Muslim-American citizens who suffered discrimination and violent retaliation from ignorant Americans that it’s okay.