This was a note on Facebook, but it was requested that I put it here, so here it is:
I don’t mean to beat a dead horse here, but I’m reminded of the day in 8th grade when I found out that the kid that bullied me and my best friends in elementary school had been killed in a car accident. At age 13, I only really knew the emotions of being happy and sad and I got sent to the AP’s office for saying I was happy he died so he couldn’t hurt anyone else. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve managed to forgive myself for saying “yay” when I found out.
I think I feel about Bin Laden’s death what I should have felt 13 years ago when Deene died. I am relieved that Bin Laden is gone and I think every American, especially those who had friends and loved ones at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on the plane that landed in Pennsylvania, has a right to feel relieved. However, we should not be shouting for joy. His death does not mean al-Qaeda and other terrorists are gone. I’m sorry to those who will disagree with me but thousands of deaths does not justify another one. Congratulations to the troops who did their jobs well and faithfully and to the Obama administration on a signature victory. Bin Laden is gone, now let’s move forward and deal with the problems that are still at hand. This is far from over.
Do I think Pres. Obama is now guaranteed re-election? I think it’s a good possibility. I can already see him using it as a campaign slogan. Not to make this overly political but while Republicans argue over ideology, the Obama administration got something major done. However, I certainly hope he does not center his campaign around this.
The news is a relief to all Americans and has unified many, now let’s take this unification and morale booster further and achieve even more.