Dr. King on the Death of Osama bin Laden

Posted: 05/02/2011 in Afghanistan, Obama, Pakistan, Politics, United States

Somehow Dr. King’s words have the power to speak across history. I am by no means the first blogger to dig up this quote in reference to the events that were announced late last night, but I’ve been able to find no other words that better address the actions taken.

“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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Only light. Only love. While it would be ludicrous to suggest that I feel capable of loving an individual like bin Laden, it is important to recognize that this is the ultimate goal we are striving towards. There is no victor in violence.

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