Last night I was watching The Amazing Race and was just about to find out if Team Pinky was going to have a long enough time violation to be given the boot when a broadcast suddenly cut in, looking almost fake quite honestly, to tell me that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. I may make a joke on Facebook that I was a little sad I missed the end of The Amazing Race, but in honesty I do know that is an important message that people need to hear. For many, it is going to give them closure. He was an evil person, he did an evil thing and he got away with it for far too long.
On the other hand, for some reason I am feeling at odds. In fact, dare I say that it is making me feel a little less Proud American? To be honest, I am feeling sad. Now before you all cry witch and burn me at the stake...let me clear things up and say that I am not sad he is dead.
What I am sad by is how many people had to lose their lives after 9/11 in order to kill ONE MAN. One man who I feel will just be replaced by another horrible person. I would love to be optimistic, but I don't feel this brings an end to anything. We will still have troops overseas, we will still have fighting, we will still have Americans dying. I am thankful to those that fight for us everyday, but I am saddened by the amount of people that have had to die to bring justice to this one man.
I'm also slightly disturbed. Last night the news was of course ALL OVER this. The clip that they kept coming to were the people chanting and swarming the streets in front of the White House to celebrate. Looking at this crowd of hundreds I feel like I saw not a single person over the age of 20-25. It was a bunch of kids. If their hearts were in the right place then good for them for being so proud of the USA that they felt the need to celebrate. Sadly what I saw was a group of people that looked like they just ran out of the local kegger so they could chant and hopefully get their face on the news. My impression was they weren't in it for the meaning, they were in it for the party.
This is a case where I hope I am cynical and wrong, because otherwise I just end up feeling sick to my stomach.