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"RECENT EVENTS" Commentary on the death of Bin Laden by Doyle Daniels

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So I have been giving thought on the death of Osama Bin laden. giving thought on what to say, and how to say it. (if you know me then you know that I have to say something! :) ) I can still remember 911, I remember sitting on my desk during zero hour. third desk to the left of the room, we were watching the buildings burn and tumble, watching people jump to their deaths, Fox News drowning out  a history teacher's ramblings of war. I remember feeling great sadness for the dead, and their families, and I remember being afraid, I had never really given much thought to War, or what it would mean, if it would impact me, if I would have to fight?

I have never been easy with the idea of killing anyone, it makes me sick to think about it, I know its necessary at times, but the words of Mr Fulton still linger in my thoughts and creep into my dreams. " I hope you boys are ready, this shit is real, we are going War!" I remember 911 very well, and so I was made to feel sick in my stomach when the news hit me last night. Regrettably not for a mans death, but for the memory and the reality of hatred, the audacity of terrorism, and the necessity of freedom, what it costs, and what men must to do to secure its principles and truths. 

I don't think its right to celebrate a mans death, no matter how evil, but I do think its right to celebrate Justice and Peace of Mind for the family's and loved ones of the people he has murdered. I also think its ok to celebrate the potential for peace, but mostly I just pray for the President, right or wrong, it must be hard to live with giving an order to take another mans life. And I pray for the troops, they are doing an awesome job; defending our freedom is a 24 hour, 7 day a week type of gig, and it is a rarity that they get the credit they so rightly deserve.  All of their hard work, sacrifice, determination, there actions are definable with words like Love, compassion, solidarity,  but I don't think its understandable by those of us who have never been there; those of us who have never put our lives on the line.  

lastly It is weird to me that this whole thing would drive a wedge between christians. To some of us, we feel pity and grief that a man had to die. To others, we feel joyous that the sufferings of his deeds and hands can no longer plague this world, and yet we refuse to see God's glory in both. His life in our lives reveals both grace for the undeserving, coupled with passion and justice for the victimized. Do not the left and right hand work differently on the same project? Can we not operate together, with single and focused intent?

I love this country, I love freedom, and I hate war, and death, but above all else I have faith in God, I have faith in his people, and I have faith in America. We don't always get it right but we strive to do the right thing. We build up and encourage, when others would terry and hide, we make due with what we have to do, and we never forget, that all people deserve to live there lives n freedom, under the protection of their governments, and with liberties and single minded efforts towards a better life... A safer tomorrow.

I hope it doesn't sound cheesy, but to quote the president. "Thank you.  God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America"

By: Doyle Daniels

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