Monday, May 2, 2011

My Two Cents

Unless you live under a big 'ole rock, you've probably heard the news that Bin Laden is dead. Stories upon stories of Americans celebrating and taking to the streets in exultation are plastered all over the internet.

I don't consider myself one of those celebrating Americans.

His death doesn't provide any relief for me.

If anything it causes me more anxiety and worry that our country, and the hard working Americans that populate this country, are even more at risk.

That scares the living be-jeebers out of me.

Bin Laden was hardly a stupid man. He was smart and calculating and he surrounded himself with others that believed his ideology and shared his desire to spread their hate and terror.

I wonder who is lined up to take his place.

What if the next in command is even worse than Bin Laden? What if he is smarter? What if he is willing to carry out even deadlier attacks to avenge the death of his fallen leader? Wake up people, there really isn't much to celebrate here.

Yeah, Bin Laden is dead. Fine. While we are waving our flags and chanting "USA, USA," his followers are at this very moment planning their next big hurrah to kill innocent Americans. What next? Will they poison our drinking water? Blow up a packed stadium? Hijack another plane? I fear that this ordeal is far from over and just beginning again.

With all that in mind, I don't feel much like celebrating. I'm petrified.

Don't get me wrong, I am very appreciative to the men and women in our US military that risk their lives to protect America and her citizens. My heart goes out to them and their families. My heart goes out to all the families directly impacted by 9/11. Bin Laden's death doesn't change anything. It doesn't bring those people back. The cycle will continue and that is not comforting.

More importantly, celebration should be limited to events that involve love and goodness. Stuff that makes you feel warm and gushy on the inside - a new baby, a new husband - but not a mass murderer being executed. It just doesn't warrant a celebration. If anything, I feel it warrants prayer. I think we should all be praying. Praying that no more innocent lives will be taken in the name of Allah.

But like I said before, I think this is just the beginning. I think the sh*t is going to hit the fan.

I hope I'm wrong.

That is my two cents.


  1. I have to say that I agree with what you're saying. Although I understand how some would want to celebrate (people deal with events differently) I don't think attracting more attention to what we did is necessary.

    I left a link to an article on Life of a Doctor's Wife's blog which is very much similar to what you wrote. As much as I love celebrations, I don't think this event is worthy of this much...there are more important things to think about.

    I'm just as scared and worried as you are, lady. Lets hope we are both wrong.

  2. Grr. Blogger just ate my novel-length comment. Basically it said what I said on my blog - only a little more detailed: that my feelings about this are complicated.

    Also, I wanted to send you a link to another blog post on this topic. I think you'll enjoy it: