I didn’t want to write this particular posting.
Not at all.
Because frankly, i think we’ve all had enough of the news.
He’s dead. got it. I will not add anything new at all.
And there are no photographs this time.
But…i am super pissed off about something and i need to write it down.
Don’t really care, on this one, if anyone reads it.
It’s for myself.
First, it was a call from my cousin.
“Have you turned on the news?”
“Osama Bin Laden is dead.”
I turned on the news. My parents, husband, and daughter all there, all fully engaged in the moment.
Then i allowed my fingers to take control, to type this to facebook: Bye bye, Bin Laden.
Then i watched. Status update after status update, they came.
“Ding dong, the witch is dead,” said 2 of my friends.
“there is now less evil in the world.”
“As someone who dealt with 911 first hand i have to say i am breathing a sigh of relief!”
“I’m so happy. Fuck you Bin Laden.”
And then the posts started rolling in, as the sentiment grew, on the role of the military in this operation… not just the amazing Navy SEAL Team Six, but of the amazing sacrifice of our entire military:
“Proud to be an American.”
“thank you to all soldiers! it’s a great day!”
“your tenacity and payoff for your continued efforts appreciated, honored, and praised.”
and so on, and so on… forever.
Then onto NBC this morning. Can’t help it. its a ritual.
Then NPR while driving into work. more habit.
All about Bin Laden. Theories, opinions, and facts all went on for so long i actually finally got tired of it all.
New threads started surfacing today.
Condemning the death. that no matter what, no person should celebrate the death of another, no matter how cruel. That, as i believe Gandhi said, if we stoop to the level of “eye for an eye”, we will all go blind. That, as one of the greatest leaders of all time, Martin Luther King, once said, “I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” (EDIT as of 6:50 pm, 5/3/2011… MLK never said that).
I have huge, tremendous respect for both these men. And i am reading these quotes throughout postings tonight.
I consider myself a loving, forgiving human being. But there is no part of my being, no amount of forgiveness in my soul that can wish this man alive.
I have never known anyone affected by 9/11. I don’t even know a relative or friend who had anyone who died in those attacks.
But here’s the thing.
I don’t think i need to.
I was laying in my bed at 7am on September 11th, 2001 nursing a 4 month old baby girl, when the Today Show came on and i heard the news. I will never forget that moment.
I take one look at my daughter today, every day, and think one thought about someone directly targeting her death, and i can immediately get to the depths of despair and sorrow that this evil man has caused so many families, and it becomes easy, simple, and natural to rejoice, firmly, in his death.
this is not judgement against anyone who differs in this opinion. This is not for debate, for me. It is simply this.
You take someone away from me that is a part of my soul, and i will wish you dead.
So to the Navy SEAL Team Six, to the men and women that fight every day for our freedom and kill the motherfuckers that condone terrorism, and to the families of 9/11 whose entire lives were altered in a moment of sheer evil, just know that you’ve got one pissed off girl that is celebrating the bravery of the men that held the weapons that shot the bullets that killed Osama Bin Laden.