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A man died this weekend.

He was one of more than fifty siblings, and fathered at least twenty-three children.

In the 1980's, he helped the U.S. by fighting in the U.S.-funded insurgency against Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

He was later nearly killed by the U.S.

In the 1990's, his family disowned him.

He has had a very difficult life.

And today, people celebrate his death.

I'm certainly not saying that I support Osama bin Laden, or that I condone any of his actions. He is, after all, the man responsible for approving the action that shattered my childhood, and brought the City that is my lifeblood to a standstill of shock and pain. The world is undoubtably a safer place without him in it. And, even though I would rather he weren't killed by the U.S., and thus, made somewhat of a martyr, I also know that there is no way we ever could have reached any kind of peace with him, and that some form of what happened was our only choice. I am well aware that this was our only option.

But a man died this weekend. And, no matter who he is, that is nothing to celebrate.

Hatred only begets more hatred. Violence begets violence.

There is no end result we could reach for. We can't try to find peace "in the end", because there never will be an end. But violence is never an acceptable means. And perpertrating that violence is not something to find laudable. It is something to be lamented.

I suppose what this all comes down to is... I'm not sorry that Osama bin Laden is dead. But I'm sorry that we killed him. And I refuse to celebrate his death.


Icons time!

Aug. 5th, 2010 02:09 am
arthoniel: (Apollo Justice- I can percieve the truth)
So I'm completely redoing all of my icons. Finally. I mean, since I lost my paid account, I just haven't had the range or selectiont that I've needed...

And I realized that I am severely lacking in Joshua icons. I only have, like, six of them. And none of them are exactly the right one that I want. So I'm gonna go search for some.

I also need more happy icons.

And thus far, I have way more Ace Attorney icons than anything else... even Ouran. Which is strange. That may also have to be rectified... but I also need icons from other fandoms and hgnnsdfhgh.

It's so difficult trying to get the exact right assortment of icons. Although that may just be because it's two in the morning. Fun times!  XD

Also, I downloaded my Otakon pics onto my computer... so they'll be uploaded here soon~ ...By which I really mean onto DA and Facebook... and maybe a few of the best ones will go here. But only a few.  ^_^;;

ETA:
Fff, finally finished with the redoing of all of my icons! I love how, once I've changed them all, all of my old icons change to my new default icon instead of saving as they were. My default icon is of Sebastian Michaelis though, so I don't think anyone can really complain all too much though.  XD

Right. Anyway, it's four in the morning now, so I'll stop and I'll actually, finally go to bed. Fun times!  XD
arthoniel: (Ouran- Realistic Kyouya)
DAMMIT ROMEO X JULIET!! I wasn't going to get as into it as I am now!! I mean, it was good and all, but... now I'm still in love with the art, I'm listening to a playlist of the soundtrack on YouTube, I'm getting reference pictures and stuff ready for a Juliet cosplay, and I'm planning another one of either Romeo, Fransisco or Curio (I may or may not say why soon~) and I'm re-watching it online. I wasn't gonna do all this... I mean, I genuinely love it!! Not just because J. Michael Tatum did it (which is a big part of why I started watching it in the first place) but... I really, genuinely think it's awesome!! Now, as soon as I have the money, I have to go out and buy the DVDs. Gah. I wasn't gonna do this...

Also. I don't think I mentioned this earlier, but... on Valentine's Day, I got dressed up. I'm single, and for the most part, I'm happy with that. But it was Valentine's Day, and... I wanted to feel pretty.

So I got dressed up in a pretty dress so I could feel pretty and there are pretty pics of it under the cut. )

Also... what's this??



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