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In an eerie coincidence Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1st, the same day as the launch of my novel, To Kill the Other, which is based on the attacks of 9/11. The coincidence became the reason for people to contact me and ask questions.

Here are my reflections:

It’s hard to disagree with those who rejoice his death. When I give in to my emotions, I feel the same way. When I think rationally, I know that killing him answers only our lowest urges but doesn’t help to create a better future for all. What is our premise? What do we want to achieve? I want much more than killing a monster.

Here is a quote to ponder:

“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.

How strange it is in hindsight, how we were talking about 9/11 and what made me write the
book at the very time Osama bin Laden was killed.

4 Responses to “My thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden”

  1. tmo says:


    No matter how “bad” Osama Bin Laden was (in our minds), I cannot rejoice at the death of another. This doesn’t make me a terrorist sympathizer or a wimp…I just feel uncomfortable around all of the celebrations. I think we (as a nation) need to take the “high road” and rise above all the nonsense. Just sayin’…..

  2. Danuta Hinc says:

    That’s right … and yet so difficult for so many to understand.

  3. Neidy says:

    You are absolutely right. I saw on TV that many people were celebrating the death of Bin Laden. I though that even though he was the person who destroyed many life, and that thanks to him many things change in the United States and that somehow affect us tremendously we should not celebrate a death. In my opinion he also have family that are crying his departure.

  4. Danuta Hinc says:

    Neidy, your compassion toward an enemy is the most difficult lesson to learn for most of us even though it is highly commendable. Perhaps there is hope for humanity.