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by Dave Whitney

Bin Laden Chalk DrawingA few weeks ago, our televisions brought the news that Americans had craved for so long; the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, #1 on the World’s Most Wanted list. This week, our contributing editor Dave Whitney shares his thoughts and feelings on this momentous event and the summary execution of the man responsible for the deaths of more than 3000 people.

From Dan Lopez

I appreciate your article in Suddenly Senior. I too was raised in a home where the 10 Commandments were considered sacred.
As an adult, I have been able to understand better the issue of terminating someone’s life. It was extremely helpful to me when a
Bible professor explained to me that “Thou shall not murder” is a more accurate translation.

Thanks again for the article.

From Jon Rice

I am sure you believe what you wrote in the Suddenly Senior about the death of Bin Laden, but how do you know the facts? The only proof we have that this actually happened is the words of our Washington liars. Everything about our current administration is shrouded in mystery. No pictures of Bin Laden with a bullet hole in his head or of his burial at sea. Which Seals participated? Wouldn’t they be considered heroes and have medals bestowed on them? No pictures or public interviews with the woman that was supposedly shot in the leg during this supposed raid, why not?

At 72, maybe I have just become too cynical after watching lie after lie coming out of Washington DC. Everything just seems to be a game of controlling the population. We no longer have a system of checks and balance. The bulk of our leadership should be actors, not politicians as they seem to live in the land of make-believe. Now was Bin Laden killed as we are led to believe or had he died before and his body frozen until it was needed politically? Are we fighting to bring Democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan or for oil and poppies? Expecting Democracy in a land divided by three religious factions sure seems like a pipe dream to me and the supposed killing of Bin Laden will do little to slow down any terrorist activity around the world.

From David Nusbickel
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the elimination of OBL with the Suddenly Senior readers. I concur with your sentiment, that it is not a cause unto itself for national celebration; sending an individual into eternity who is obviously unprepared for his destination is no cause for celebration.

You mentioned the 6th Commandment, about which I have spent some time in study. To understand the context we need to know the Author’s heart on the matter of killing.

One clear comparison is found in Proverbs Chapter 6 “6:16 There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him: 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, 6:19 a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.” Here we find the shedding of innocent blood as the objection (not self-defense, nor ‘eye-for-eye’ recompense). [ObL was guilty of many offenses before his Maker; I regret that likewise I have offended The Almighty, but have accepted His offer for redemption]

Further clarification is found in Genesis 9 where GOD proclaims to Noah following the conclusion of the horrible judgment upon mankind “9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by other humans must his blood be shed; for in God’s image God has made humankind.” Here GOD ordains human system of governance that includes the ultimate tool as a deterrent. This interpretation is confirmed by Romans “13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 13:2 So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment 13:3 for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad. Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, 13:4 for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.”

On this basis, the activities carried out in Pakistan by USA Seal Force Six was justified in eternity by the Creator and Sustainer of humanity. Although He despises the taking of innocent blood among His Creation, He redeemed all who accept it by the shedding of the Most Innocent Blood that ever coursed through a man’s vein.

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