What I think about Jon Stewart’s humor on Osama Ben Laden’s death.

In the videos, Jon Stewart said that for a long time Osama Ben Laden represented the Arab nation this statement is extremely ignorant and false of course. Osama Ben Laden does not represent Arabs in any way; I understand that he is maybe trying to show the stereotypes that Americans have towards Arabs but it is still an extremely sensitive and dangerous statement to say. I did respect him saying that now the face of Arabs will be the Egyptians and Tunisians that fought for their freedom and democracy; this was a very important thing to say because Arabs are definitely changing their image around the world. Stewart also said that Al Quaeda’s opportunity is gone which unfortunately is not true, on the contrary the death of Osama Ben Laden is only going to make Al Quaeda and all of his followers that look up to him extremely mad, and they will want revenge. This is something that a lot of people do not stop to think about, because they are busy celebrating his death, which I think is not appropriate even though I understand he is a terrorist, but I believe that he is still a human and that us humans do not have the power or right to decide who dies and who lives and celebrating death is just not a proper thing to do. Martin Luther King, Jr said: “‎”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. 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.”

Soumia Ait Bendawad.

This entry was posted in CCR exchange: Stanford-AUC, Spring 2011: Humor and Political Regimes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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