Gill Hicks – Osama, did his ideology die with him?

I don’t often get political but two months ago I had the privilege of being in the same room as Gill Hicks, a survivor of the London Bombing.  She blew me away and I think about her regularly – her courage, her love of life and just her sheer beauty as a human being. 

Today being auspicious as it is – the end of the terrorist extraordinaire Osama Bin Laden, Gill sent a message out to her facebook followers and I wanted to share with you her take on this.  I think her experience makes her someone we want to listen to.

I write in reaction to the breaking news of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

I am sitting at my desk, reading reports, trawling the internet for the various news papers and voices / opinions and listening to the radio – receiving emails from friends whose lives have been changed by terrorism – their mixed feelings, some of jubilation others of quiet contemplation.

My immediate thoughts are that we can never ‘kill’ an idea, an ideology – my fear is that Bin Laden will become a greater inspiration in death than in life to those who choose destruction and murder of innocents.

I stand, on prosthetic legs, shoulder to shoulder with all those who have lost people they love, who have been maimed and who have experienced the horrific effects of the hatred and distorted belief of those who support terrorism.

The question / thought that is with me today and most days is; Can we ever ‘kill’ an idea / an ideology? I would value knowing your thoughts.

Wherever you are in the world, I ask you to encourage peace, to truly Be the Change you would like to see in the world, the example, the lead.

Your Gill

Gill is the founder of M.A.D. for Peace, an organisations that exists to communicate the importance of our individual responsibility in creating a world in which extreme conflict is ended.

The clip below might make you cry but will leave you inspired……….


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