“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
My first thoughts when this appeared on my Facebook page: What a Buddhist buzzkill! Osama bin Laden had it coming! This is the best day ever! I can’t stop watching CNN! I want more pictures! I want to see the dead body! I want to see him dumped in the ocean! I want a Navy Seal for my birthday!
And then I thought: Settle down. Let’s not forget the images we saw from the Middle East the day of September 11, 2001. The crowds rejoicing waving doo-rags looked pretty much the same as the ones at the White House on Sunday night. Furthermore, President Obama is being praised for this as the best thing he’s ever done in office so far. He had a terrorist killed and took down some human collateral along for the ride. It’s not a video game, it’s real, and there will be consequences so don’t get too smug, my American friends. I still want a Navy Seal, though, my birthday is next week. Make it happen, Obama, since you’re on a roll.
AND SPEAKING OF SMUG, here in Canada, we woke up to the same old, same old. Not only did Stephen Harper win, the Conservative party took a majority. Boo, yuck, and UGH (Under Government Hostage). Do you know how long it took me to learn how to spell “Ignatieff?” Do you know that women talk about politicans the same way men talk about women in general? Here is the converation I had in the whirlpool at the gym today:
Me (always forthcoming, I’ve had Botox!): I voted Liberal but the NDP won in my Beach riding.
Lady with fake boobs: I’m in the Beach, too. I voted NDP because I really liked Layton in Quebec.
Me (I hate Layton but that’s a whole other post and I keep it to myself): I love Ignatieff (pronounce: Ig- NA ‘(pause) tiefffff)
LWFB: Really? You’re probably the only person I’ve ever met who likes him.
Me: It’s those dirty ads the Conservatives put out! They make him look sinister with his crazy eyebrows, wackadoodle snaggle teeth, and stroke mouth. In that commercial where he says: “I won’t take another GST hike off the table,” that was edited out of context. He was probably just telling a joke about a priest and a rabbi in a bar. He reminds me of John Cassavetes, I’d totally do him. And he’s smart. Stephen Harper has that dumbo look and a smug smile I just want to wipe off with my fist.
LWFB: Oh! Well, I just would have voted for anybody but Stephen Harper. He’s a tyrant. It’s going to be just awful.
Snap, sister! And he needs to trim his nostril hairs. But we Canadians have been known to be compliant, the cards will fall where they may. Until then, Iggy: Call me!