They Tell Us Osama Is Dead

May 3, 2011

Has it changed your life?

Has our government telling you that they’ve killed Osama made you feel safer?

A quote has been going viral:

“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.

The first sentence, however, wasn’t MLK’s, and now people are arguing over who said it. Maybe Penn from Penn and Teller, maybe some woman named Jessica Dovey. Whether MLK said it or not, if you know anything about him and his beliefs, you’ll know he would’ve agreed with the sentiment.

In the articles I’m seeing about this hullaballo over a fake quote, I find it interesting that no one seems to be citing MLK’s quote in its entirety:

Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes. 

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
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.

You cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth, nor murder the hate.

But no one’s talking about that part of Martin Luther King Jr’s quote. Why?

So what was the cost of killing Osama? Here’s a partial tally:

  • 15,000+ Afghan troops & civilians killed
  • 1,100+ U.S. Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
  • 1,000+ Coalition troops & contractors killed
  • 2,974 American civilians killed in 9/11
  • $400 billion+ dollars spent

For what?

For a sense of security?

Has the lie been murdered?

Has the truth been established?

Has hate been decreased?

Have love, kindness, and compassion been increased?

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2 Responses to “They Tell Us Osama Is Dead”

  1. tarah said

    Thank you for wording that so well.

  2. massimo said

    The answer is no *

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