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First of all, let me just say, no, you cannot make me feel bad for being happy that Osama bin Laden is dead…not for one second.  Although I can see both sides of Americans and their emotions right now, here are my personal thoughts on the subject.

When the news was about to break, and there was an announcement that President Obama was making an emergency speech at any second on “national security,” fear crept into my mind.  What did the terrorists do this time?  How will it affect our country and my own life?  How many lives were just lost?  Those were just a few of the thoughts I had.  I even called my parents, like a scared little child, just to have the reassurance that they were okay.

And here I was, glued to the television and computer, thinking the absolute worst…things that this horrific mass murderer has done to put fear into every American. 

Then the news came across…that after all these years, our brave men and women finally got him! 


After that, it was truly a rollercoaster of emotions from going to having this unexplainable fear inside of me literally making my stomach sick to then going to the other extreme of absolute jubilation!  We finally got him.  I was almost in shock…and couldn’t believe that this day finally came.

And all I could think about in that moment was about what the loved ones and friends of those who died because of this man must be feeling right now upon hearing this news.  Nothing could ever bring their loved ones back, but this has got to help them feel like justice was served. 

Just like in a regular courtroom.  If there was a trial being held for a serial killer…and the family and friends of the innocent people who died finally got to hear those words that they’ve so longed to hear – “guilty” and “death” – it helps them cope with knowing they continued their loved ones’ fight to make sure justice was served.  This situation is exactly the same, except he killed more lives than we possibly could ever have imagined. 

My jubilation in the fact that he is now gone was for all the countless number of people who died for this to happen…and to let the whole world know that they did not die in vain.  They died for our freedom!

After the announcement, I felt that freedom and sense of security come rushing back into my body.  All the things that this bastard took away from me, he could no longer do.  No more planes crashing into buildings and fields…no more bombs exploding…no more being humiliated with pat downs at airports…no more being questioned or treated like a terrorist myself.  Could this war be over? 

But then reality hit.  All of those things I mentioned above, I wish would miraculously go away with the death of this man, but they won’t.  In fact, things probably just got worse.  The man may be dead, but Al Qaeda is not.  The terrorists are still out there, men and women will continue to die…and for what?  Vengeance?  Religion?  Hatred?  Oil?  Power?  Nonsense? 

How can we rise to be the better person if someone doesn’t do something to stop it?  And in order to stop it, we have to fight.  But at least we have the decency to still have rules.  The government and military could have brought his body back and desecrated it, but they didn’t.  They did what they thought was proper, followed Muslim burial requirements as close as possible and buried him at sea.  Some may argue about burying him at sea, but I think it was the right thing to do.  Terrorists will find a way to take their revenge, but at least they don’t have a burial site to gather around.  And people who want even more revenge on him won’t have the opportunity to do anything further to his body.  We’re not savages.  We took care of the problem with as much dignity as we could.

But what I saw throughout the night on Sunday was a nation becoming united once more.  Strangers gathered at the White House, on Ground Zero and just random streets.  They came together celebrating…not in the fact that America is better than anyone…but instead that WE WILL NEVER FORGET! 

As far as judgment?  Osama bin Laden will answer for what he’s done.  Not to you or I, but to the One that matters.  And for me, that’s satisfying enough.  And all the lives of those that were killed by the hand of this man can finally truly rest in peace. 

The war may not be over, but I’m proud to witness America getting its soul back!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gil Gonzalez
    May 03, 2011 @ 18:34:54

    Excellent post, Lindsey. I love how you expressed your emotions about this situation. I, too, share in the sense of relief that after all these years, the person who masterminded the single-worst act of war on American soil has been killed. I am also happy, as you said, for the families of those lost on 9/11. Closure is an amazing thing, and I hope they can finally feel a sense of that with Bin Laden’s demise.

    That being said (and please note this is not directed at you but rather in general), I am perplexed by the out-pour of visible jubilation in the streets. People wrapping themselves in the American flag and chanting “U.S.A. …. U.S.A!” It’s not like we won the World Cup. Our military and intelligence assets that made this happen were successful with a mission. A mission. One mission. One of MANY that must still be completed before we can proclaim any sense of victory against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and terrorists as a whole. My sense of withdrawal from this ‘party in the streets’ mentality stems not from any sense of pity for Bin Laden (on the contrary, I’m glad the *bleeper* is dead), but rather from the notion that we’re over-celebrating the winning of one battle when there’s so much war left to be fought. I just don’t get it.


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