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Justice is Achieved in the Courtroom, Not on the Battlefield

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Andrea LeBlanc of “September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows” lost her husband in the 9/11 atrocity. I do not know whether she professes Christianity or not, but her compassionate and mature attitude reflects a human morality of a high order. Christians, so-called, should learn from this woman’s attitude. In response to the news of Bin Laden’s assassination, she said:

For nine and a half years, I have been thinking about the human costs of 9/11—not only the lives that were taken on that day, but all those, military and civilian, who have died since, in two wars, and whose lives are still threatened and being destroyed in the name of 11 September. And I have been thinking about the costs to our society through the erosion of civil rights, the compromise of our principles and the undermining of belief in our judicial system.

There are not many things I know to be absolutely true, but one of them is that violence begets violence. I suppose bin Laden’s death proves the point.

Bin Laden’s death doesn’t change the fact that my husband is dead. I do not seek revenge, but rather justice—and these are two very different things. I and my fellow members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows want the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks brought to justice, but we believe justice is achieved in the courtroom, not on the battlefield.

I doubt that the killing of another person is ever just cause for celebration, no matter what horrific acts he has committed. Relief, perhaps, that the long hunt was over, but my reaction was not one of jubilation.

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Written by mikemagee

4 May, 2011 at 12:03 am

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