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Friday, June 09, 2006

I'm NOT happy Zarqawi is dead (I'm not sad either)

As a pacifist, a liberal and a Christian, I always feel emotional ambiguity when a terrible person like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is killed.

Do I hate evil? I do. Do I believe that God loves everyone... even this terrible person? I do. Am I happy that he no longer can hurt others? I am.

Am I happy he was killed? No.

I feel this every time someone goes to the death chamber and the TV news shows pictures of the party out in front the prison... people holding up toast and blowing on party horns.

I'm never too sad when a mass killer like Zarqawi is killed. But I'm not too happy, either. His actions represent a huge triumph of sin. But killing him is not then good... it is necessary evil, at best.

It's also true that, almost always, collateral happens damage when justice is done through violence.

Usually it isn't this obvious:

Al-Zarqawi died inside the house, said U.S. officials, along with at least five other people, including Rahman, a woman and a child of unspecified age.Source

(Typically it is a grieving mother who is convinced her baby isn't a monster. )

No, I'm not grieving for Zarqawi but I'm not partying either. But the whole thing makes me sad.

"An amazing figure to rise out of this is Michael Berg."

An amazing figure to rise out of this is Michael Berg. It's clear that the conservative media don't know what to do with him. On Fox, they did a little drive-by swiftboating of him but I think they were mostly flummoxed.

As for me: I'm terribly sorry is his son, Nick, was horribly beheaded in an act of evil. But I don't want vengeance on Nick's life to continue the spiral of violence.

Normally I don't expect the parents of victims to share this sentiment. I'm not sure I would be so peaceable if my own child was killed. But Michael Berg is preaching peace. It's amazing.

Many have offered to pray for Nick and my family. I appreciate their thoughts, but I ask them to include in their prayers a prayer for peace. And I ask them to do more than pray. I ask them to demand peace now.

I strongly recommend that you read the whole text by Michael Berg: George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes

I don't know about Michael Berg's faith but when it comes to living up the words of Jesus,

"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matt 5

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