I posted something on my Facebook last night and probably offended many:
It was not my intention to upset anyone. I understand that they feel relief and joy on the death of Osama bin Laden.
For me, I see no reason to cheer when a man is dead. There has been so much death and we still have young men and women dying each day in Afghanistan and Iraq and yet, no one even knows their names. Those are the lives we should be celebrating. Thanking their families for making the ultimate sacrifice.
As the wife of a Soldier whose "boots are on the ground", the celebrating has me worried. They will retaliate. They won't stop because one man is dead. That will only unite them more. We have to remember that we are not fighting a man, but something much larger.
Our enemies celebrate when our men and women die. They dance in the streets and wave their flags. Last night's images reminded me of Somalia, when they drug our brave Soldiers' bodies through the streets and burned our flag while the crowds danced.
Perhaps being a Soldier's wife has made me a pacifist, or maybe it has just opened up my eyes. Senseless killing makes me sick. No one wins when someone dies.
Instead of celebrating the death of an enemy, pray for our troops and their families. Honor the memory of those who have died so that we may live free.
I am interested in your thoughts, please share.
Linking up today for Military Monday with:
Mrs. Mama Hen
Army Wives' Lives