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Monday, May 2, 2011

Unsure How to Feel about this day in History

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.  -Unknown
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, Osama Bin Laden was killed  yesterday by US Navy Seals. I should be happy, right? This person who orchestrated so much death and destruction, and perpetuated so much hate and loathing. But I can't bring myself to get 'excited' about someone else's death. 

I was all about (and again, not trying to start a riot here), but I was all about the war when it began. I wanted revenge for September 11th, and for once in my life, felt at one with my Country. I loved (obviously in a weird, unfortunate way) that all the flags lined EVERY street, and people in America were, for once, standing TOGETHER. And it seemed, even if only for a fleeting moment; that we all wanted the same thing. 

Now it seems we all want the same thing again, but are just unsure how to get there. And inevitably, in a country of this magnitude, certainly we can't AGREE on how to get there. Nor will we ever I'm afraid. 

But we all want peace. 
Just as I will forever remember where I was and what I was doing that day of September 11th, 2001- I will always remember where I was and what I was doing this day. This day that our tragedy was finally 'avenged'.

But Al Queda is still out there. There is no rest for our troops. They are still fighting and dying for our Freedom. Their families are still Home, here, alone. We must not forget that. And we must remember, regardless of if we agree HOW to get there, that all of our soldiers are fighting for our Freedom, and Peace.

1 comment:

  1. My initial feelings were shock and then sickness. I won't say I'm sorry he's dead, but I'm not happy for death. I am uneasy knowing that he has many supporters who believe that they're right...and they saw our displays of celebration. That gives me a feeling of sickness in the bottom of my stomach.