It's an interesting question, especially phrased in that way (since we're all evil). My initial reaction to the deaths of Uday and Qusay Hussein was happiness; it seemed like a reasonable emotion, considering that justice demanded their death. I'm still glad they're dead, but Megan brought up an interesting passage from the Old Testament, and from that I found:

Ezekiel 18:32
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD . Repent and live!
The whole chapter is about justice and punishment, and the gist of it is that God wants everyone to repent of their evil actions rather than be punished. Meting out punishment is described as a regrettable necessity, despite the fact that God loves justice.

So, I'm re-evaluating my reaction. Yes, I'm glad that justice was served, and I'm glad that those two monsters won't be able to murder, rape, and torture anyone else ever again. They got what the deserved. Perhaps my lack of compassion is due to my near-certainty that neither one of them would have ever repented. Whatever the reason, I need to temper my thirst for justice with compassion, even for the worst of humanity.



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