Cognitive dissonance

Many in the liberal blogging spaces are writing how “they are happy” or they are “glad” that terrorista numero uno is finally dead. And I have to wonder, how many of these liberals are actually against the death penalty and executions? Because it does baffle me to see words like happy and glad thrown together with the word death. Or is there a point where patriotism overrides liberal ideas and I am not aware of it?

I would be indeed happy if he had been brought to the International Court of Justice, which I understand might not have been possible due to the fact that he probably would not have gone without a fight. But still, the words some people use to describe their feelings confuse me.

  1. emilypvige reblogged this from redlightpolitics
  2. anedumacationisnomore said: I’m happy that he’s dead and generally against the death penalty. Shrug. I contain multitudes.
  3. kohenari said: I wrote a couple of long posts about this yesterday; not sure if you saw them, given the time difference. The first one is here:… And the second is here:…
  4. lastbutnotleast reblogged this from redlightpolitics and added:
    I don’t feel “happiness” about it either, but it’s dangerous to infer a person has a whole set of ideas based on a...
  5. thehighshelf said: If one more person explains to me that murder “symbolic”… 9/11 isn’t symbolic to me (but I bet it was symbolic for bin Laden, and every other profiteer), nor are the more than 100,000 murders that followed in its wake.
  6. lalie said: I get it. I actually posted about this, but murder at the level of assassination represents a murder of ideals, not of an individual. It’s the symbolic death of these ideals they’re celebrating.
  7. thatpassed-away said: See, that’s why I said yesterday that I was happy he’d been killed during the attack, rather than happy that he was dead. Otherwise death penalty talk would’ve surfaced, and I’m always against that. But ICJ would’ve been better, yes.