Kemet Today post on Osama bin Laden

Much as I’d rather not post about politics all the time, obviously this is not something I could ignore, especially after I said something about 9/11 that ended up in a book about the subject.

You can read the post here, on my Kemetic Orthodox blog.

Right now, I’m just wrestling with my thoughts. I’m glad he’s been found, and I can’t say I’m particularly sorry they ended up killing him. But I don’t know how, or if, that makes things any better, or if it will make them any better. And I have to confront my own feelings about how I can consider life sacred and yet know that if I was in the room and had the gun, I wouldn’t have hesitated. I have to be honest with myself and acknowledge that. It is the same uncomfortable feeling I have when I realize that I do not have issues with capital punishment, only with the justice system (I don’t believe it can prove guilt beyond doubt and thus I cannot support anyone being executed given that lack of proof). I think if you can prove someone is a killer, you have to stop them, up to and including killing them, if there isn’t any other way.

Yet, at the same time, I think that murder is wrong; the very reason I’d want an Osama bin Laden punished is because I find it wrong.

Ain’t ethics grand?


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