I was writing the post tonight, and Two came in and told me that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
"Says who?" I asked.
"All my friends on facebook. And CNN."
At least he had the smarts to check a reliable source.
I stopped writing about my post-conference crash, and went to turn on the television. It's late, but we're waiting to hear what the president has to say.
Three had civil rights concerns.
"Isn't it illegal to shoot him if he's unarmed? Aren't we supposed to take him to a court of law?"
I found myself in the odd position of defending our nation's right to hunt down a man and kill him.
"Nope," I answered firmly. "He's an enemy combatant. We've been actively trying to kill him for ten years."
Surely this goes against Christian teaching.
This is a murky area for me as a mother. I spend a large part of my day teaching the pack problem-solving skills, to help them avoid physical violence. I am giving them a more comprehensive religious education than I ever had as a child. I actively encourage forgiveness.
But I am happily awaiting confirmation of that man's death.
I think it is right that I will sit with Two and Three on the couch, and feel satisfaction. Today's news will help them, and me, remember that evil is a tangible foe, not to be overlooked or forgotten in the details of our daily lives.
There is a famous quote: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Do you agree?