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Monday, May 2, 2011

Triumph Rises Out of Tragedy: Bin Laden Is No More

On Sunday, U.S. special forces raided a compound in Pakistan, where they found al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Upon his resistance and following a fire fight, bin Laden became a victim of his own evil ways.

Bin Laden's death is a stunning victory for freedom-loving people and nations everywhere. He was the mastermind behind numerous vicious terror assaults, including the devastating 9/11 attacks on the U.S. With his departure, we all hope and pray that al-Qaeda will be crippled, to give a greater chance for peace throughout the entire world.

His death also sends a powerful message to terrorists. It is a way to say to these perpetrators of evil that their deeds will not go unpunished — the long arm of justice will eventually find them, wherever they are.

Not everyone agrees that bin Laden's death is an instance of justice being served. Hamas condemned the killing, calling bin Laden a "martyr" and "Arab holy warrior." By mourning this man who has the blood of thousands of innocents on his hands — including fellow Muslims — Hamas has again shown its true colors, and given Israel another reason to reject any negotiations with the terrorist group.

On May 1, 1945, German radio announced the death of Adolph Hitler. The fact that exactly sixty-six years later the world was given news of the death of another hate-filled leader bent on imposing his deeply misguided will on the world proves the enduring nature of evil — and the continued need for all of us who treasure liberty and freedom to remain united in solidarity and ever vigilant against its rise.

Let each one of us be grateful for the U.S. military, intelligence personnel, and all friends of freedom and peace who brought bin Laden to justice. And let us continue to pray with purpose for peace, trusting in the day when all enemies of good will heed the words of the Psalmist: "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14). May this be so in America, in Israel, and in all of God's world. Shalom.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

Correction: The Bin Laden is not the responsible by the 9/11, the responsible are the Illuminattis. You can check!

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