As the news broke, my girlfriend and I were taking a break from Season One, Disc Five of “Lost.” Great series, I am learning. I’m glad she introduced me to it, and I look forward to watching all six seasons.
She came back and I said, “bin Laden is dead. We killed bin Laden.” She replied with some immediate shock, and then sat down next to me.
Within two minutes of President Obama beginning his “statement” last night, we had decided we knew enough and went back to our previously scheduled evening. We didn’t hear the part of President Obama’s speech during which he reportedly became a bit narcissistic and began to take all of the credit.
I don’t really care about that, to be honest. Given this President’s history it comes as little surprise, but President Obama is not the story on this day.
The story of this day is the opportunity for closure, and the ultimate gratitude that we should all give all of our servicemen and women, their families, and their friends. All who have been touched in some way by this evil man should be first on our minds this day.
I am grateful to President Obama for giving the order to kill, and I commend him for making the correct decision.
I am very disappointed in the New York representative, Gary Ackerman (D) who came out last night and proclaimed, “This is the ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment President Bush only fantasized about.” Shame on Congressman Ackerman; I hope he loses his next election.
It comes as little surprise, I must say, that Democrats are heaping endless praise on Obama.
Meanwhile Republicans are graciously praising Obama for recent actions including helping bin Laden meet Allah, while also remembering that it was George W. Bush who enacted all of the policies Obama scorned while campaigning, and yet continued to this point of fruition. President Obama would have been well served by thanking President George W. Bush for all his administration's hard work that led to this moment, yet it is my understanding through media reports that he made no such gesture.
Speaks volumes, in my opinion.
Thank you, President Bush. You truly are a respectable man whose grace and dignity will likely never be fully appreciated.
I have seen and heard some comments about the celebration of this killing, as if to say that America should not celebrate or feel good. I don’t feel like celebrating, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that good was done at the moment that bullet pierced his skull.
Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of a form of modern warfare that, most likely, will never leave humankind. He perverted what otherwise might be a very reasonable religion to the point that otherwise very open-minded people may never again believe that Islam is anything but the work of The Devil himself.
Bin Laden was directly and indirectly responsible for the killing of thousands, perhaps into the hundreds of thousands or more individuals from all walks of life.
The work of bin Laden has only just begun, I believe, in the big scheme of things. His assassination is likely to cause martyr suicides over the coming days and weeks, and we may never know a world that does not have Radical Islamic Jihad.
Osama bin Laden is evil, defined.
While the death of any individual should never be celebrated, the killing of this man certainly is justified in every way possible.
I pray that this event brings some closure to the families that have been affected over the years.
It should be noted that America, even as it dealt with one of its most hated persons, showed what would be considered ultimate respect.
We reportedly washed bin Laden’s body and gave him a respectful burial, holding to the 24-hour tradition and wrapping him in a white sheet. I must say I agree with Glenn Beck when I say he deserved something more along the lines of a good Spam rubdown followed by being wrapped in bacon.
But America is better than that. We are good in the world, even when dealing with the most evil of all possible elements of humankind.
And when it all went down, the coward was hiding in a well-to-do neighborhood, in a very expensive property. Much of what he always claimed to be against, likely was his immediate surroundings as he took his last breath.
And he hid. Not only did he hide, but he hid behind a woman.
Osama bin Laden died while hiding behind a woman.