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My Take on Osama Bin Laden’s Death

I will admit that my reactions to the death of Osama Bin Laden were probably not as intense as most people’s.  I had three concurrent thoughts:

  • Took long enough to find him.
  • I hope they have proof or it won’t even matter.
  • I wonder how the other crazies will retaliate.

I didn’t personally feel that Bin Laden was that big of a deal compared to the thousands of other fanatics who want to make their point anyway.

Then I read Everyday Tip’s post, Bin Laden Is Dead, and Remembering 9/11.  She is a moving writer.  I do remember 9/11.  I was in college here in Houston, TX and didn’t know anybody in New York, but everyone was so confused. 

I was woken up by a dorm mate yelling at me to turn on the tv, which I apparently badly timed since I did see the second plane hit the second building “live”.  I wish I could un-see that.  The feeling that I’ll remember forever – “What the heck is happening?!”  At the time, there were no answers.

I found out later that most of my friends were scared out of their minds that Houston was the next target.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about that, but I’m glad it never popped into my head.  I just spent the whole day trying to touch base with every friend and family member I had to make sure no one was involved.  A few of my relatives lost close friends.  I could almost feel their pain.

So Bin Laden is dead.  I hope that helps everybody in mourning.  I personally won’t feel too elated until somebody can tell me that all of the crazy people in the world that want to hurt others simply all spontaneously vanished, but I know that is a lot to ask for…

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