Osama Bin Laden Is Dead.
Yesterday was a momentous event in the United States. Terrorist leader and alleged 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S.forces in Pakistan. Bin Laden has been called the face of global terrorism; a person who led to thousands of deaths on September 11th and thousands more in subsequent wars inIraq andAfghanistan. More than any other person, he was responsible for a massive lifestyle shift in theUnited States. Over the past ten years, security has became more and more stringent and civil liberties have been stifled in the name of surpassing terrorism. There’s no doubt Bin Laden was an awful, awful man and the world is a safer place with him gone.
The celebratory mood that has undertaken the nation, though, is deeply disturbing.
President Obama addressed the nation last night to announce the news. There was no celebration in his voice, no joy at having seen this villain’s demise. Despite the impact of Bin Laden’s death, Obama was subdued, perhaps understanding that this occasion should call for reflection, not joy, not jubilation.
At the end of Slaughter-House Five, Kurt Vonnegut writes “I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee.” Apt words for the occasion.