Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death – Ugly, Perhaps, but Only Human – NYTimes.com

Celebrating a Death: Ugly, Maybe, but Only Human

By BENEDICT CAREY

Published: May 5, 2011

Some Americans celebrated the killing of Osama bin Laden loudly, with chanting and frat-party revelry in the streets. Others were appalled — not by the killing, but by the celebrations.

“It was appropriate to go after Bin Laden, just to try to cut the head off that serpent, but I don’t think it’s decent to celebrate a killing like that,” said George Horwitz, a retired meat cutter and Army veteran in Bynum, N.C.

Others were much more critical. “The worst kind of jingoistic hubris,” a University of Virginia student wrote in the college newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. In blogs and online forums, some people asked: Doesn’t taking revenge and glorying in it make us look just like the terrorists?

The answer is no, social scientists say: it makes us look like human beings.

Read the full article here:  Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death – Ugly, Perhaps, but Only Human – NYTimes.com.

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