To the editor,

I think that there is an Old Testament sense of an "eye for an eye" justice in the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday.

We all deserve to die, and die we will. But dying is not killing.

This killing has been a mediated event. It has the feel of spectacle. The president’s description of the operation as being “just like a movie” blurs the line between reality and fantasy.

I don’t think that most people would question that movies are entertainment. Even with the use of sophisticated special effects, they are of the realm of fantasy.

Killing is reality, not entertainment. As an action, it cannot be undone. It is the Rubicon, a line that when crossed permits no return and results in irrevocable commitment.

It is not for me to justify killing anyone. “Vengeance is mine” is the law from God. There is wisdom in these words.

It remains to be seen what this will yield. Personally, I believe that we in the West make some fundamental errors in our thinking of how people of a different culture, a different creed, will behave.

We make decisions based on how we perceive the world, how we would respond. It doesn’t always play out the way we think it should.

This is not victory, there is no triumph here. There is no sane reason to celebrate.

This is not Miller Time.

Peter O’Brien

Fryeburg, Maine

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