Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thoughts on Osama bin Laden

I thought about writing this post on Monday.  However, I realized that it was way too early for me to formulate any kind of coherent post about the death of Osama bin Laden.  Now that I’ve had some time to think it all over, I’ll be able to give you an ever so slightly more coherent post about the death of Osama bin Laden.

  • When I first heard the news, I felt relieved.  Not excited, but relieved.
  • I was surprised by people celebrating in the streets.  It felt wrong to me.  However, no one I knew or loved was killed by Osama bin Laden.  My city wasn’t attacked by Osama bin Laden.  The possible threat of more of his terror wasn’t hanging as heavily over me as it might have been for some people.  I won’t begrudge anyone of their reaction to this news.
  • A dead Osama bin Laden is more valuable to our President politically than a captured and live Osama bin Laden.  No trial equals no ongoing political heat.
  • I guess I shouldn’t have sat on that bin Laden sketch for ten years wondering if it was still too soon.
  • We have troops in Afghanistan simply to track down bin Laden and root out Al Qaeda.  They can come home now, right?
  • Killing one man does not kill an ideology.  
  • This won’t mean anything if our leaders don’t learn change the behavior that created Osama bin Laden in the first place.  
  • A raid on a secret compound and a helicopter stalling as they swarm in?  How long do you think it took Michael Bay to whip up a script and pitch it to every studio in Hollywood?  One day?  Two?
  • My daughter will never know a world with Osama bin Laden.  She will, however, know one with Dancing With the Stars.
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