Osama Bin Laden: What’s Your Reaction?
We’ve all heard that Osama Bin Laden was killed Sunday night. How do you feel about the news?
-April Daniels Hussar
This morning I woke up to the news that President Obama told us all last night that Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the 9-11 attacks and American’s #1 Most Wanted Man, was killed in a “targeted operation” in Pakistan and then buried at sea … all yesterday.
Wow. I’m not even sure what my own reaction to that news is yet – it’s a lot to absorb. I lived in NYC on 9/11. My daughter, who is 8 now, was born on March 19, 2003, the very day we started the war in Iraq. And less than two months later (exactly eight years ago yesterday), President Bush declared “Mission Accomplished.”
So, it’s been a long road to this point… And what exactly does it mean?
I find it fascinating that the news pretty much broke via Twitter last night. And today, my own Facebook stream is filled with wildly varying reactions. I’ve seen everything from the skeptical:
“Interesting how the birth certificate, and Osama’s reported death, were covered within the past week. Prepping Obama for the next presidential election much?”
“Bin Laden is dead apparently. Now, where are these so-called ‘weapons of mass destruction?’”
“So, a courier lived in a multimillion dollar mansion with 18 foot walls and barbed wire a mile and a half from a Pakistani military base and nobody there thought that was odd?”
…to the vindictive:
“I Hope Osama Bin Laden rots in Hell for all eternity and all his followers too, the cowards!!”
“So, Osama, what do you think of that ‘Paradise’ you said was awaiting you…? Kinda hot? Hope you are enjoying your ‘vacation.’”
…to the jubilant and proud:
PR guru / public figure (and the only person I’m naming here, as his is a public page) Peter Shankman posted this photo with this comment: “I usually don’t get political here, but this is awesome. :)”
“God Bless America!”
“woke up the most amazing moment of American pride and unity since 2001. YOU GO, BARACK! Amazing!!! ‘Our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.’ -President Barack Hussein Obama”
“I think many people will sleep a little more peacefully tonight. Thank you all who fight for our country!”
…to the thoughtful:
“‘I hope Bin Laden’s death brings a sense of justice to those who lost loved ones on 9/11, and I’m grateful to those in our military etc. who worked so hard to find him. I hope whatever destructive influence he still had is now ended. That being said, however, the celebrations outside the White House seem naive to me. Tonight is a night for sober and mature reflection, not glee.’ -Marianne Williamson … I mean will it ever be over? That’s the thing. Things like this will always happen until we learn how to exist in harmony.”
Quite a variety, to say the least.
I’m still taking it all in. I found it horrific that one of those listed dead in the attack on Bin Laden was a woman being “used as a human shield.” Just seems to perfectly sum up the horrible disregard for human life exhibited by Al Qaeda. And it all takes me back to the day, almost 10 years ago, that I saw the smoke pouring out of Manhattan from my apartment in Queens, and felt like the world was ending. I understand the sentiment that drove New Yorkers down to Ground Zero to celebrate last night – HuffingtonPost.com has some great videos and slideshows that capture the energy of the night.
But I guess I can relate most to a Battery Park resident, Rosalie Joseph, who survived the attacks and still lives in her old neighborhood. She told the HuffingtonPost at Ground Zero last night, “It’s a celebration, and I get it, but it’s kind of hard to cheer.”
How do you feel about the news? What’s your reaction?