Along with millions of other Americans I stayed up way past my bedtime on Sunday evening to hear President Obama address the nation and announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. Obviously this was welcome news, but I found the celebrations outside the White House and subsequently at Ground Zero a bit unsettling.
It reminded me of the images on CNN after 9/11 showing Arab extremists celebrating in the streets upon hearing the World Trade Center had fallen. It makes me sick to even think about that day and words can’t describe how terrified I was as my High School was evacuated and I had to find my sister. I understand the families who lost loved ones on that horrible day feeling justice has been done , in fact I think they should feel that way, however, I think celebrating the death of anyone, especially in the streets of New York City is not what America is about. President Obama had his swagger back in a major way while discussing the badassery of the NAVY SEALS and that I can fully respect. The sad thing is, the people in the streets weren’t cheering for President Obama or those extremely brave NAVY SEALS and CIA agents that conducted the attack, they were celebrating death. That makes me very sad. We’re a civilized nation…we’re better than them. Let’s remember that.
I’m relieved and extremely proud of our troops. Do I feel safer? Had I not witnessed the ridiculous college students hanging from lamp posts, perhaps. Instead, I feel slightly on edge, hoping that no retaliatory attacks find their way to our shores. I also sincerely hope that the White House does not release any pictures of Bin Laden after his death. Let’s not fuel the masses.
Thus concludes my political rant.