Tuesday, May 3, 2011
A Big F$#@ing Deal...
So, Bin Laden is dead. There will be constant reporting about the raid and it's aftermath over the next few months at least as the CIA is now going through all of the hard drives and flash drives found at the complex - more raids imminent, I'm sure.
Anyway, like many of my friends, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I suppose "thoughtful" would be the best word - and an optimistic one. We all hope to be thoughtful at times like this.
I guess I just wanted to say a word in general about the extreme exclamations of joy - from the streets of New York City to the teleprompters of John Stewart and Steven Colbert. People seem positively jubilant. I understand why, though I wanted to say that the drunken chanting in the streets somehow doesn't sit 100% well with me. I just can't get there. The man's death is a significant thing, but it isn't everything, and for me - when I heard the news, I kind of just needed to sit down and think for a while - not an easy thing to do in my middle school environment.
That all being said, though I admit my own discomfort with the nature of some of the celebration, I also don't begrudge anyone for it. How can I? Would I, if I were there, walk up to a proud man waving the Stars & Stripes at Ground Zero and suggest that his response is inappropriate?
Here we all are, being human, and exposing all of our faults.