The Death of A Regime

14 May

It’s taken me a little while to digest, but the news that Bin Laden is dead has rocked the free world, and people took to the streets to celebrate the occasion.

I couldn’t join in the joy.

Ever since I was a little girl I have failed to believe in the support behind the death penalty. In religious education when we had to do debates on moral issues I was always firmly in the camp of rotting in prison over the death penalty, the reason being that I can’t see that something as terrible as taking a life can be compensated for by the taking of another. Its humanities double standards; we are saying that you shouldn’t kill, yet we are turning around and saying that the punishment for this is getting killed.

I am not in any way trying to belittle grief and take anything away from families that have suffered the loss of a loved one, but in both cases it’s not often the fault of the family. Both end up mourning a loss of having the life of a loved one taken from them, due to circumstances completely out of their control.

On the way home from the states this week I read the story of a daughter, adopted as a baby, whose mother was murdered. And she was murdered by the girl’s brother, another adopted baby who had gone off the rails as a teenager. The brother is serving twenty five years for the crime, and she has, in one way or another, lost her entire family in one cruel sweeping. How is it punishment for a person to die? Surely this is an easy way out, rather than having to spend their life in a penitentiary contemplating the crime committed?

Don’t get me wrong, my heart danced for all the families who have been through such a lot; the families of the innocent people killed in both 9/11 and the 7/7 bombings; I remember my dad being in London that day on business and not being able to get hold of him. We live half an hour from central London on the train, and all the phone companies took a knocking as people flooded their systems trying to get in contact with loved ones. He was fine and unaffected other than a long wait to get home, but many weren’t. I felt for the wives and children of the soldiers killed in the subsequent battles; innocents who gave their lives to protect our freedom and safe guard us from the evils contained by a regime that has evil running through the core, and spent a moment thinking of the sadness of the mothers who realise that however old their sons and daughters were, their babies weren’t coming home again after those terrible days.

But killing one man won’t end the tyranny in this case. Al Qaeda are a strong holding, and I personally don’t believe that the death of one frail old man, however evil, will bring back our men from war and reunite families across the western world. I actually think that there will be an uprising and the men that are bravely protecting our freedom are not safe yet. It worries me with a lot of my maternal family, and a few friends who are in the forces; young men who believe that their job is to protect their loved ones from ever having to face the threat of war or seeing our country under attack.

It’s with a heavy heart that the world holds its breath for the next attack on our liberty, and despite hoping that I am wrong, I believe that the sad and poisoned thoughts of one man had enough time to filter into many more, spreading the disease.


6 Responses to “The Death of A Regime”

  1. mairedubhtx May 14, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    You expressed that very well. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us we should not rejoice when an enemy dies. We may feel relief that he is gone but I am ashamed of the Americans who celebrated as if we won a hockey game. It is not a time for rejoicing but for working to stop terrorism.

  2. prenin May 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I too am against the death penalty – too many innocents have died because of bad evidence and corruption within the legal system.

    Once taken a life cannot be returned.

    Love and hugs!


  3. Redneckprincess May 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I totally agree with everything you just said, well put. xox

  4. Quanni E. May 15, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Very well put. I agree with you.

  5. The Hook May 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Very well-written post. You have a good heart, young lady.

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