On the appropriateness of celebration…
There has now been a day to ponder the responses of the killing of bin Laden which, let me assure you, I think was an important and rightful act.
I am bothered, however, by the New Year’s Eve-style celebrations which went on for hours after the announcement: delerious street dancing, people wrapping themselves in flags, yelling and screaming… I would have expected something much more somber. I would have expected candles, thoughtful silence, remembrance of so many lost in the name of getting this one man.
I’ve been reading blogs, watching television, flipping through the newspapers and listening to radio for 24 hours or so (about half of which I was disconnected from the internet thanks to my friends at Frontier… boy, these guys are driving me to the Hughes Network) and finding there were a lot of people who also thought the party-like atmosphere made us seem as bad as Al Qaida, who did the same kind of thing after the twin towers went down. I had hoped we would be better than that, but I should know from experience that we, as a people, are easily tipped into emotional release.
Having had the day to think about everything I hope folks will be a little more reflective today. This, of course, means different things to different people. I spent five minutes switching from CSPAN‘s Morning Edition, Morning Joe, Fox News and CNN and each had their own perspective. CSPAN was taking calls from the public… at least two who were pushing the idea that 1.) was not dead, but we really had scooted him off for secret interrogation without the rest of the world knowing about it, and 2.) that he has been dead for a couple of years and we have been keeping him on ice so Obama could stage this event in order to get reelected. In their usual reluctance to comment or get in the way of the craziest responses, CSPAN just let it go by with a “Thank You.”
Fox seemed to be devoting the morning to making sure there was plenty of focus on George W. Bush whose plans were in place to be carried out by Obama… plus repeated videos of Bush with megaphone at the 9/11 site, Bush doing the “Dead or Alive” speech, etc. Damned little focus on Obama.
My favorite was public radio which found part of the Seth Myers’ speech at the Correspondent’s Dinner the night before the attack and the one bin Laden joke he made… which the President did a deep laugh at… we know now that he knew what was about to go on in Pakistan and he kept it in unleaked control.
Morning Joe had the usual mix of conservatives and liberals and CNN was more concerned with a troop of missing boy scouts and massive flooding in Cairo, IL. Their Obama thoughts ran as a tickertape stream at the bottom of the screen.
Frankly, I’m going to start reviewing the “what do we do next” scenarios… with a certain amount of hope that we MAY no longer need to be in Afghanistan – that it becomes the new Iraq, the war that we have no reason to be in. I don’t really believe it will happen… after all we still have thousands of folks still in Iraq. If we could only get away from the need to be an empire!
- President Obama Laughed Thru Osama Bin Laden Jokes Saturday Night, Acted Against Bin Laden Sunday (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Hell Called, Your Place is Reserved: Muslim-country blogs react to Bin Laden death (leftfootforward.org)
- Obama: bin Laden’s death makes the world safer (ajc.com)
- “If Obama Gets Bin Laden They Will Forget He’s Black” (bigthink.com)
- Osama bin Laden — BOGUS Death Photo (tmz.com)
- Wanker Extraordinaire Joe Scarborough: Obama’s Base Didn’t Want Him To Catch Bin Laden (crooksandliars.com)
- Osama Bin Laden’s Death: The Internet Reacts (webpronews.com)
- Skeptics wonder: Where’s proof bin Laden’s dead? (cbsnews.com)
- Source: Bin Laden went down firing (boston.com)
- AP sources: DNA testing confirms bin Laden death (sfgate.com)
- Stephen Colbert appropriately giddy over Osama bin Laden news (popwatch.ew.com)
- Allies warned to expect al-Qa’ida revenge attacks (independent.co.uk)
- Al-Qaida ideologue condemns Bin Laden slaying (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Twitter hits record on Osama bin Laden story (lostremote.com)
- 5 Reasons to Not Celebrate the Death of bin Laden (mcauleyfreelanceblog.com)
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