Celebrating Osama’s Death: Or, What Have We Become?

Dress your child in SWAT costumes, bring out your 9/11 Never Forget bumper stickers, and get ready for party unlike anything you have ever experienced, because Osama Bin Laden has finally bit the dust!

All right, all joking aside, let’s seriously discuss what is happening within our country. The Internet exploded today in praise for the death of one man: Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted man in America since 2001. As the world of news has informed me, he was killed in a military assault by the United States Navy SEALs and CIA on a mansion outside Abbottabad, Pakistan. If it wasn’t factual news, it would sound like the next Matt Damon movie. But it is as real as John Cena announcing it to a writhing, chanting crowd of WWE fans:

In a surprisingly suspicious turn of events, Osama’s body was buried at sea. One US official had this to say: “Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult. So the US decided to bury him at sea.” While it makes sense, it also reeks of conspiracy theories.

(Side Note: Adolf Hitler’s death was announced 66 years ago, on May 1st, 1945. George W. Bush gave his Mission Accomplished speech eight years ago, on May 1st, 2003. And now, Osama Bin Laden is killed on May 1st, 2011. What a strange coincidence.)

The American reaction to Osama’s death was celebratory, to say the least, and Americans have every reason to celebrate. Individuals took to partying in the streets of DC and New York City. Some brought flags, some sang songs, some were already wasted from a night of drinking, but everyone seemed to agree with one thing: America had finally received its just dues of revenge for 9/11.

Celebration’s over Osama’s death.

A man swinging a flag while standing on a street light.

However, there are others who believe that the American reaction of joy and celebration has gone too far, and they are shocked by the overtly joyous reactions over Osama’s death. Blind patriotism is what they call it  people who are celebrating something that is far from celebratory. In one instance, someone created a side-by-side comparison of America’s reaction to those celebrating the deaths of Americans on 9/11. Click here to watch it.

Not far from the truth.

Whether you agree with the celebrations or you find yourself repulsed by it, I want to leave you with one simple quote. It sums up all of the damage, the deaths, and the horror caused by our reaction to 9/11, and it is simply this: 10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person. Worth it?

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