I won't be watching the news for the next few days. I am sickened by the sight of so many Americans congratulating themselves for killing Osama Bin Laden. Sure he brought death into the world through his messengers of hate, but the backlash against him from The White House resulted in the deaths of thousands more innocent civilians - old, sick, children, women - in Iraq and Afghanistan, London and Madrid. It is therefore more than a little unseemly to crow at his killing and I am ashamed of our British government for joining in. Wouldn't it be better to reflect on the state of the world now that Bin Laden has left it? Will his death lead to peace and co-operation between Islamo-terrorists and the West? Low probablility. A vacuum has been created, waiting for some less clapped-out a leader than the chronically ill and softly spoken Osama to fill. Will the threat of terror be any less? Not likely. The signs are that Britain and and the USA are still on high alert for more bloody reprisals from those who hate America and all it stands for. The sight of all that blood in Bin Laden's Pakistani hideaway should be a warning to us all.
The news studio is a crazy place to be, reflecting a crazy world back to its dazed and suffering inhabitants. The Royal Wedding on Friday brought an uplifting sort of message to the billions worldwide who tuned into it -even to closet republicans like me, who shed a few tears. The sight of two well-starred young people setting out together in a pageant of colour and music brought hope and joy, because it is love that unites the world, not vengeance, Doesn't that belong to God?