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The Wicked Witch Is Dead

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 9:40 AM

The crawler came across TV sometime after 9 p.m. the President of the United States would be making a statement of national importance about 10:15 p.m. As has become the habit of many, turned to CNN to find out what was going on.

The statement had been delayed. All anyone had been told was that it was not about Libya. My mind scanned the earth, or at least as much as I could visualize. For whatever reason my focus settled on Osama bin Laden.

By the time the President came on it was almost anti-climactic, the story was on all the networks: The wicked witch was dead! Or at least that is how I heard it. One of the problems with the way I see the world is that too often it is in allegories, metaphors, and similes. I somehow envisioned Dorothy in the Land of Oz.

An enigmatic tornado lifted Dorothy's cabin and deposited it in Oz; followed by one of the most famous of movies lines, "We're not in Kansas anymore."

The cabin landed squarely on the head of a wicked witch, a most noteworthy event. A multitude of Munchkins rushed into Times Square proclaiming:

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!

Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.

Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, and get out of bed.

Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go...

Turns out that is neither the end of the story nor of this parable.

Seems there was yet another witch.

Killing the wicked witch was not the solution, except perhaps for those who were really tired of hearing about the problem. Dorothy would have quite a journey ahead in order to reach the security of the Emerald City, where lodged an infallible wizard. And, although living safely seems a logical goal to Munchkins everywhere, Dorothy's real goal was to return to a land of peace -- apparently Kansas would suffice for this.

There were hard roads ahead for our heroine, new allies to make, battles to face, loss to endure. In the end even what seemed such a worthy objective, an all-knowing wizard, proves something less than advertised.

If you have borne the metaphor this long, allow for one more point of order.

What sustains Dorothy is that she has the good on her side. Armed solely with ruby slippers, she invades the enemy stronghold and succeeds or fails by maintaining the right against any wrong.

It is good that the Wizard of Oz comes to us from an America of the 1930s. While it is certain evil still "walks about, seeking whom he may devour," it is not at all clear Kansas is what it once was or that we ourselves can ever go back.

Mr. President, the wicked witch is dead; and Munchkins everywhere rejoice you made it so. However, I respectfully submit ridding the earth of witches does not get us back to Kansas, for there will always be other wicked witches while evil walks about.

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@frontier.com.


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Good blog David.

If we don't ALL start to act like we want the "other" side to act, we are no better than they and don't set any sort of positive example that we would like them to emulate.

The credo the "Evil thrives when good men do nothing" can be applied here.

While Bin Laden needed to be stopped, as since his death facts have surfaced that he was still intimately involved in planning plots, cheering relating him to a fairy tale villain does not help the situation nor is it appropriate to be so blatantly joyful over someone's death. It's is no different than those who cheered over 911.

The "evil" of hate and stereotyping thrives in those cheers of anothers' death.

I can not judge the Seals who did kill him. It was most likely necessary to assure the safety of so many others right there and in the future.

He is though still someone's father, son. and husband. No matter how evil he is, we must take the high road to project what Christianity is to show the radical Muslims that Christians aren't the enemy.

When we don't we are no better than those who cheered when the towers fell...Many of those were not involved in the bombing. they just had a stereotypical opinion of Christian Westerners. If we want to change their opinions, cheering BinLadin's death is not the way to do it.

Someone has to take the first step...and maybe the second too.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:57 AM

You're right Jenny, he is someone's father, son, brother, husband. But then what about the 3000 brothers, sons, husbands, fathers, sisters, mothers, daughters, etc. that he had a hand in murdering on September 11? And as was pointed out in the comments on Charles' blog, where you said much the same thing, after 9/11 they were chanting "Death to America" and celebrating the murder of 3000 innocent people, here people were cheering "USA, USA" and 'celebrating' a mass murderer brought to ultimate justice. Think about it.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 3:05 PM

He was the willing embodiment of the threat against us. He had the blood of some 3,000 on his hands and was apparently planning for more. A murderer met his just end. The prime source of threat against us was eliminated. The vast majority are celebrating the justice and threat removal - not the mere killing of a man. Again, a world of difference between this celebration and the one in the Muslim world after 9/11.

-- Posted by brazilian on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:22 AM

He was more or less neutered for the past 5 or 6 years or so with very little actual influence. Killing him I fear may have actually given him more influence for a time, although I think that will be short lived as well.

I will not rejoice in his killing, however glad I am for it. I don't think it's right to react with any glee over his killing. We should probably just be glad that an evil man who is responsible for influencing others to commit evil acts is no longer around to do it again.

-- Posted by theoneinthearmy on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 10:53 AM

It is a fact that when a man aligns himself with evil, the pall that he calls upon himself is a product of his lack of repentance. Hitler himself had family, yet he aligned himself with a great evil. The tragedy in this is that he did so without repenting.

OBL was in the same position. As a man guilty of great evil, he stood as an unresolved equation. Would he plug in the place of the variable x: "repentance"? That was available to him. Just as the Love of our God is available to us all.

We are all faced with that same equation. Most of us have not murdered 3000 innocents, but we have our own clinging ways. It will be for God to decide the weight of our evil. The feather of forgiveness is available for the mere cost of repentance and belief in that forgiveness. That will outweigh all.

It is a tragedy that OBL clung unwaveringly to the evil of violence planned and perpetrated upon innocent people. It is not a tragedy that the evil had to be excised. I feel great sorrow for the man, while abhorring the evil with a hate that is reserved for the prince of this world.

It is in that dichotomy that I live my life. I would not hesitate to rid the world of great evil, just as those Seals did. What a man clings to, is his choice. All choices have consequences.

-- Posted by Medbob on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 5:54 PM


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