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mission accomplished?
On 20 September 2001, President George W. Bush declared Osama bin Laden to be Public Enemy #1 for the attacks he masterminded that occurred on American soil nine days previous.

On 1 May 2011, President Barack Obama revealed that Public Enemy #1 had been found and killed, an operation that has been in place since August, thus finally making good on a promise made by his predecessor.

My own emotions on the subject are -- complicated, to say the least. I take no joy in the taking of anyone's life, even that of a person responsible for the murder of thousands, for an attack on the city I call home, and for setting in motion a chain of events that damaged this country to an appalling degree (curtailing of civil liberties, artificial patriotism masking a dangerous tip toward fascism, feeble excuse to start a wholly unrelated war that's still going on riding the made-up coattails of the attack), and so much more.

And yet a part of me is wondering what took so damn long. In the fall of 2001, we had the whole world on our side. We could have built a massive coalition dedicated to bringing bin Laden down. Instead, we pissed off the very people whose unconditional support we had, we manufactured a war, and the very same president who declared bin Laden to be PE#1 later in his term said publicly that he barely thought about the man. (Then again, this was the same guy who fiddled while New Orleans drowned.....)

It shouldn't have taken ten years, is what I'm saying. Or maybe it needed to take that long, I don't know.

Most of all, though, I'm pissed on that, on a day I should be happy and celebratory -- not for bin Laden's death, but because today is wrenn's birthday -- I'm cranky and out of sorts. Part of that is that I'm still sick (fuck you, 2011 pollen, fuck you in the face), but mostly it's that all this has me reliving that day nine-and-a-half years ago when I sat in the living room riveted to Channel 5's coverage of the planes hitting the World Trade Center.

The real important thing is what happens next. The economy's still in the toilet, too many Americans are broke and/or unemployed, gas is between four and five dollars a gallon -- which is obscene. These are all problems that need to be fixed, and nice as it is to see that the pursuit of bin Laden was an actual priority for this president -- something his critics have insisted was not the case, and boy do they look stupid(er) -- it would be nice to see if actually helping the people who elected him is a priority also.

I'm hoping that the administration will be able to use the good-will bump they just got from this particular event to get shit done. I fear, however, that it will be squandered.

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan

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wookiemonster From: wookiemonster Date: May 2nd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


You realize that 2011 pollen has already fucked you in the face, yes? You and everyone else. Nasty bit of plant bukakke this year...
kradical From: kradical Date: May 2nd, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pollen

Well, indeed. *sigh* I haven't suffered seasonal allergies since the mid-1990s, but I've been hammered by them this year quite handily. Feh.

Edited at 2011-05-02 03:43 pm (UTC)
bard_wench From: bard_wench Date: May 2nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Complicated Feelings

I didn't actually hear the news of Bin Laden's death until this morning. Last night I was blissfully watching movies instead of the news. I have to say my feelings on the matter are complicated as well. I'm glad he's dead, no question. I am however horrified that Americans are taking to the streets celebrating murder.
Adam Holmberg From: Adam Holmberg Date: May 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mission Accomplished

I agree with you KRAD in that I hope the goodwill from this will be used on both sides to get stuff done.

I find myself happy; I actually do not agree with the death penalty, but I believe that there are a few select human beings - Hitler, bin Laden, Nero, etc - who are so violent that they can not be reasoned or bargained with and who are too dangerous to try and detain. I think, had we simply captured him, it would have put more Americans in harm's way, securing him, and years until we would see him brought to justice. Better he be killed in this way, where he simply and easily does no harm to anyone anymore.
babita781 From: babita781 Date: May 3rd, 2011 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully most people do feel a little "icky" about even the murder of a monster. And K, you've been sick almost as much as I have this year!
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