I don’t often voice my opinion on political/government issues, but an event with such a magnitude as the assassination of Osama Bin Laden is a conversation I feel I am obligated to have with you. But I am not going to talk to you about the assassination specifically. Because I am not here to voice my opinion on whether Osama is actually dead or not. I will not say whether I think that his, what some consider ‘alleged’ death is a good or a bad thing for the American people or even on a larger scale, the world. I am simply here to discuss the antics that ensued immediately after the announcement of his death.
After I discovered that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, I immediately turned the Channel 9 news on and watched as the female reporter interviewed the public live from the street in front of The White House. To my surprise, there were hundreds if not thousands of people gathering to ‘celebrate’ the death of America’s number one enemy, Osama Bin Laden. As an American, I know I probably should have felt relieved and as ‘jubilant’ as all of those citizens who were partying and throwing around beach balls and dressing like American flags. But for some reason that scene of pandemonium in my eyes appeared to be more of a juvenile spectacle. Rather than people paying their respects to the deceased who lost their lives on 9-11-2001, people were drunk in the streets acting like fools. There was no candle light vigil, there was no moment of silence, and many were acting blind to the fact that this does not mean the end of terrorism as we know it. The scene outside of The White House looked more like a college frat party than a crowd of people paying their respects to the hundreds of people who are no longer here.
And as much as I’d like to be un-emotional to the many types of ignorance and “bafoonery” I witnessed on my television screen late last night, I can’t. One guy even said, “this is like the return of Jesus Christ.” If that isn’t ignorant, I don’t know what is. I watched as the reporter asked countless college students, long term D.C. natives and tourists their feelings about what happened and what Osama’s death meant to them and many people couldn’t even give intelligent responses. It seemed to me that most were outside of The White House because it was something to do on a boring Sunday night and because everyone else was doing it they were going to do it as well. For a country who often criticizes 3rd world countries for publicly celebrating the deaths of people, we sure didn’t differentiate ourselves from them last night. I thought we were supposed to be a country who sets examples for the world. I thought we were supposed to have values and morals and sense.
As I watched the people waiving signs that read, “Obama beat Osama” and “Ding Dong Bin Laden Is Dead” I couldn’t help but think we have reverted back to our primal “hunt or be hunted” state. Within those minutes of watching the circus that took place last night, I witnessed American citizens transgress back to a Neanderthal state. Pitchforks and torches might have been more fitting than the beach balls and as of less than 12 hours ago T-Shirts that read, “Obama Got Osama.” <<(Capitalism is truly flourishing in D.C.) When we celebrate death, we become like the terrorists we so highly despise. So rather than partying in the street and tweeting, “Who’s going to have the Bin Laden is Dead party this week?” (Yes that was a real tweet that I saw last night on Twitter) We should focus on the real issue: What happens next? Does this mean we are going to pull our troops out of Afghanistan? Does this mean we are going to reduce the “non-sensical” amount of spending on our military to help battle the deficit? What does this mean for Obama’s re-election for a second term? These are the questions that intrigue me. These are the things that ran through my mind as I watched the antics of the devolved mindless barbarians I saw last night.
As I think about our future while replaying images of the results of what’s been quoted as the end of the biggest game of Hide-n-Seek, I remind myself that the “War On Terror” still continues the day after OBL’s (Osama Bin Laden) death. And that this high-energy producing moment for some, will be very short-lived. I now ponder the possible detrimental effects of the assassination. Not just taking into consideration OBL’s comrades, but also the American government and military. What types of restrictions or limitations may be further imposed on the American people as a result of trying to maintain our safety? What types of backlash may occur as a result of our in-your-face “Deathebration.” I think you too should be considering these questions if you haven’t already and I hope this is a most sobering moment for any of you out there drinking the Kool-Aid with the rest of the folks.
I’d like to leave you with this: To all those who celebrated OBL’s death, let’s rather celebrate the lives of the hundreds of people we lost. Let’s be the better people, hold our heads high and be thankful that in the last ten years we haven’t had another attack. Let’s appreciate each beautiful day that we have been given and celebrate each peaceful day we hope to have in the future. P.S.: I am in no way, shape, or form in opposition of Osama being killed, I am simply in opposition of the antics that occurred after his death was announced. If you would like to have your opinion heard on the situation, don’t hesitate to reply to this post. Let’s converse and get our opinions out. But, I will delete any comments that I find to be inappropriate or a personal attack on me.