Monday, May 2, 2011

Ding Dong the Wicked Terrorist Is Dead..?


When I heard the news, that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a Navy Seals Mission, the music from The Wizard of Oz came unbidden into my head. Some eerie lyrics just started to play there as I listened to the news of people rejoicing in the streets of NYC, at Ground Zero. In my mind's eye, I saw the munchkins, as US citizens, dancing and singing and hugging each other; and it felt surreal. Even as reports came in that he was buried at sea, I almost felt like, this is usually something we haven't had closure to: a public enemy number 1, actually getting caught. It seems strange to celebrate the death of anyone, but there are a few leaders, both dead, alive or fictitious ( Hitler, Omar Al Basir, Darth Vader, for example) which jump readily to mind, that would cause frolicking in the streets. I know that many of my friends, and fellow New Yorkers, who survived the 9/11 attack, are finally able to have closure, but knowing he lived in the lap of luxury in Pakistan, for close to the last 10 years, is disturbing to say the least. There is more to this story, I'm sure, and I hope the last 10 years have not given him the freedom to build his Al-Queda empire with new "Bin Ladens".
In any case, this is a feather in the president's cap. On his watch, our elite forces were able to find him, and that is encouraging.

10 comments:

  1. To celebrate the death of anyone is, to me, very odd. Dancing in the streets, hugging and kissing is a bit much of a reaction but for the death of someone who had a hand in the murders of hundreds of people, justice has been served. Celebrating can be expected as well as paranoia among U.S citizens, especially New Yorkers. On KRON4 this morning it was reported that there is a number of undercover security in airports in New York and even here at SFO.

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  2. Although Osama did horrifying things to our country I feel that celebrating over ones death is disrespectful, it's kind of like a slap in the face to those who actually cared about him. I think this celebrating can create a more likely chance for Osama's supporters to retaliate against us. It would be similar to another country celebrating because they killed our President or someone of that sort. I think Osama's death has also caused a false sense of security for America. Sure there he is dead now, but he has a lot of supporters that have helped him carry out his plans and still have the same beliefs and motives as they did before he died.

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  3. Celebrating Osama Bin Laden's death among the American nation is insulting to the Al-Qaeda. This death could result in a retaliation from Al-Qaeda. Who knows what Al-Qaeda is capable of doing next from 9/11 to another disaster to our nation which would result for us in a downfall. To be dancing over someone's death and mocking his nation is child's play. For example when a child wins at something against his friend he'll mock his friend saying how he won and he lost. But hopefully in the future Al-Qaeda won't do anything to jeopardize our nation.

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  4. Celebrating the death of a person is extremely disrespectful. Although we see that Osama has damaged the security of the United States, we still should respectfully celebrate in his culture. This way, we would not offend the people that had cared for him previously. Although people now feel some sense of security, there are still many terrorists out there. We cannot just focus on the one person that caused damage to our nation ten years ago, but we must focus on the people that will damage our nation in the future. There are many people out there that can potentially terrorize our country and a war out in the middle east; so I don't think the death of Osama should be the reason to start celebrating, or to celebrate at all, considering we have many more problems to worry about as a nation.

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  5. I personally think it is okay to celebrate the death of a terrorist that caused so many deaths of americans but there has to be a limit to our celebration. Just because one terrorist is dead that doesn't mean that every single terrorist going to stop trying to harm people. Yes it is true that many of family members that lost someone in 9/11 can have some closure finally. But I guarantee that most of them will still be on alert because they know that there are still things to worry about. It was said that people were dancing in the street for the death os Osama but what happened to worrying about our economy problems, wars and more. I do not think we have time to celebrate one persons death. Another subject I want to shine my light on is that it is still shocking that we let him live in Pakistan for the last 10 years. In the end we just ended up charging in there with guns blazing and did not even want capture him. I completely agree that killing him was the best thing to do because if we kept him alive and brought him back to America. What would we do with him, a trail, jail, or just keep him a alive for a while. We had no reason to bring him back but it took us 10 years to do that. We don't know how many terrorist organizations that we could of stopped if we just killed him earlier so he would have no time to contribute money to other terrorist groups.

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  6. I also think that celebrate the death of anyone is disrespectful and ridiculous, even though Osama did so many horrible things. I understand that he was the blamer for many deaths but also we don't have to be like his way, how? To celebrate the death of others. Also I think if that we don't have to be happy about it it is on the contrary because as we know he has many supporters and after his death there is another one after him so now his supporters has another leader, not only one so many people. We have to be worry because now may be his supporters are thinking about a new bad thing against U.S.A.
    Another good point is that we are not yet if he is death or alive. I won't be sure until I see his remains.

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  7. After the death of Osama Bin Laden, people were dancing in the streets, celebrating as if we had won the war. But in my opinion, the war is still far from over. Americans should hold off celebrating just yet since Bin Laden's followers could potentially retaliate against us. I understand why 9/11 victims and their families would feel relief and closure from the death of Bin Laden, however, celebrating anyone's death is just very strange to me. Don't get me wrong, the death of Bin Laden was necessary, but he had many supporters who are probably in mourning over his death, and to be celebrating over it is very disrespectful.

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  8. It is true that the fact that Osama Bin Laden is now out of the way and is no longer one of many problems of the United States. Our country's reaction to his death was ver disrespectful because even though he has caused great pain to our country, he is still loved by someone in his country. By acting out upon happiness of his death, may stir up angry feelings within the Al Qaeda. The United States does not need any more enemies. I think that just because Osama Bin Laden is now dead, it doesn't change the fact that our troops are still over seas. This man that we have been looking for, has now been found, but this war isn't over. Our country has been celebrating prematurely, there are still many outcomes that could come of his death. Until the war is over and our troops are back home, there is not a reason to be dancing in the streets just because one terrorist is dead. There are many more out there who have their reasons for being against each other and they ALL have the potential to hurt another.

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  9. I agree with some comments above me. I really don't think it is disrespectful that we are celebrating his death, after all he never thought of "respect" when he decided to plan the 9/11 attack. Of course, just because he is dead does not mean that the war is over. This is barely starting and it is good that this country is taking on the initiative of thinking ahead and securing the airports, trains etc. Many people think that he might not be dead and that it is fake because no pictures have been put out there, but thats just gross. If he wasn't dead I think that Al-Qaeda would have already spoken out against that, especially since he was their main leader.

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  10. I think being relieved that one of the people on the most wanted list has been found. I don't think that we should be happy and celebrating his death. I heard in the news people took the day off to go party and celebrate. I get that a lot of families are happy that he is gone and justice has been served to those who lost family and friends on 9/11. But we shouldn't be out parading the streets, it feels pretty disrespectful to do so.

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