Celebratory Death.

I woke up this morning with feelings of contention. Late last night, while Chris and I were knee-deep in a movie about the afterlife, I found out that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Our trusty news source? None other than the message boards here .  We each looked at a few news sites on our phones (no offense to Phatasy Tour and its posters for the lack of trust), realized it was indeed true and went back to watching our movie.

Am I anti-American because I didn’t have a strong response to this news?  Maybe it was the incessant exhaustion from the weekend or my inability to process historical events until after they happen, but I didn’t think too much about it before drifting off into  a solid REM sleep. 

This morning, as I woke up 10 minutes late (as always), missed the morning news and turned on my XM radio, I was unintentionally able to avoid the issue.  Then, I turned on my computer and bam . . . bin Laden’s mug everywhere. 

Osama bin Laden was an ugly man, no doubt full of hatred and evil.  His actions caused destruction in a country that managed to keep fighting off of its land for many many years.  I remember 911 in full detail and I remember the ramifications that it had on my everyday life, even though I knew no one who suffered tragedy.  I vividly remember my choice to stay home and close to my parents instead of driving 4 hours for a Recipe concert at Penn State; I remember feelings beyond that of being scared. 

What I don’t remember is feeling like more people needed to die.  I don’t remember being excited about entering a war and I don’t remember immediate feelings of revenge.  The celebrations surrounding the death of bin Laden are foreign to me.  Does this mean immediate peace and removal of our troops from harm?  Does this mean that his supporters will fall apart?  Does this mean that we can forget the reasons that we entered into wars that had nothing to do with 911?  Did we “win”?

This certainly must bring a level of closure to those who lost loved ones in 911 or to those who experienced the terror first hard.  I still pray for the victims of that unforgiving day.  I am proud to be an American and even more thankful to be able to post my views in a public forum without fear.  I guess I just find it hard to celebrate death.

5 years ago I lived a few stories above the streets in the video below and I can’t deny the overwhelming feel of unity that is portrayed.   Think about what might be possible if the strength of patriotism upheld the ideals of peace?


4 responses to this post.

  1. I know, it is a weird feeling to celebrate that someone died. Strange.


  2. Posted by Hoss on May 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Well put.


  3. I found out thru twitter. Some comments were appalling, others more serious, some downright hysterically funny! All in all, OBL was indeed an evil man, but also a pure genius if you think about it. Being a former Marine, I feel it’s one step closer to winning the war on terrorism. But we need to remember to keep our stand. I thought a lot of the jest was inappropriate, and we do not need to go to the Taliban’s level by our actions. How did it make you feel to see them partying around our burning flag after 9/11???? OBL is dead and that’s a great battle won! Let’s just keep it at that and stick to the mission of bringing democracy up, the Taliban down, and bring our soldiers home!


    • Thank you for the comment, Ness 🙂 It is great to hear an opinion from a former Marine. I did seem inappropriate to me and I couldn;t get over a looming sense that I was portraying an anti-american sentiment, which is not the case.

      Wish it could just all be peaceful.


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