Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Osama is dead"

I was working on homework when my good friend Emma (we started a club together) sent me a text that said "Osama Bin Laden is dead". My initial reaction, of course, was to fact check it on CNN. And then to be kinda shocked.
I remember 9/11. I remember being in the second grade cubby area and Gabby saying, "there was a big plane crash today. Lots of people died". I wasn't shaken at all though. I'd always assumed that fatal plane crashes occurred all the time, like car crashes. I remember the big assembly and Mrs. Hanson telling us all not to be worried, and trying to get a gym full of elementary school children to have a moment of silence for those who died. I remember going home and watching over and over again the video of the plane hitting a building with my mom on the couch. I don't think I lost any sleep that night.
And now, almost ten years later, I get a text that "Osama Bin Laden is dead". And I understand that it is a historical event. I get to tell my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren about when I learned that "Osama Bin Laden is dead".
CNN keeps saying, "this is a historic moment. A president of the United States will walk into the East Room and make the statment 'Osama Bin Laden is dead'"
There's something about this that makes me a little down. I'm not defending Osama. I think he was a terrible terrible horrific person who killed nearly 3,000 people. But I don't like seeing cheering over death.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same mixed reaction. Partying over someone's death is callow.