Death anniversaries nothing to celebrate

Thousands of people gathered in the streets at Ground Zero in New York City on May 1 with flags and horns to celebrate the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. Though it may be considered by a fraction of Americans a celebration that Bin Laden has been dead for a year now, it’s inappropriate for the U.S. to advocate its world power through the death of a human being.

It’s my understanding that it’s unethical to praise someone’s death, no matter who they are or what their actions were while they were alive.

With the one-year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, people have taken initiative to party and celebrate as if it was a holiday of its own, but where is the line drawn? It’s barbaric and immoral to put the anniversary of a death on the same level as your mother’s birthday.

It isn’t a matter of who the culprit is, but how the public is treating it. Nobody’s death should be viewed as a positive thing, and with the U.S. celebrating that they killed a world leader one year ago, they’re preaching to the rest of the world that that’s how we get our power; through violence and mockery.

In the grand scheme of things, celebrating Bin Laden’s death is like bullying a child that can’t react to it; it’s unfair and sadistic. News flash, America, knocking someone down won’t make you any taller, even if you feel that way temporarily.

By Abby Kawa