Today is such an important day in our nation's history, and I was surprised that more bloggers aren't talking about it. Sooooo.... I'm going to!
May 1, 2011 is a date that will for sure be marked in our history books from this day forward. Just like most of us remember where we where/what we were doing/how we were feeling on September 11th, I'm positive we will also remember every detail of those emotions and feelings that we felt today as we found out that Osama Bin Laden has finally been found and put to death.
As morbid as America's celebrations may seem on the surface, all of the happy faces and excited emotions are due largely in part to our nation finally getting some closure on one of the worst days that many of us have ever been apart of. A day when our personal sense of security was shaken, and where (for me anyway) our biggest nightmare became a reality. Sure, terrorism is still a very real concept and there are and still will be wars and devastation and suicide missions... but we have finally gotten a little assurance that one of the monsters in our universe has been quieted and paid the ultimate price for so many lives that have been lost as a result of that day. It's similar to the partying and laughter and over-all universal sigh of relief that I'm sure many felt when Hitler died.
I was surprised, as an individual who is 110% against the death penalty, that I felt so much emotion today. My husband woke me up last night to announce the news, and I instantly felt relieved - like I could sleep a little easier and that the Universe was a little more balanced than the day before. This morning on my way to work, I felt so connected to my country and our troops and President that I literally wept. This gave me a glimpse into my own belief system and reminded me that black and white thinking does not exist, situations are complicated, and that my views are more complex than even I realized.
I was sad that across facebook, some of my friends were unable to be happy and took it as an opportunity to create friction and bash President Obama. I would encourage liberals and conservatives to drop their titles, at least for today, so that we can all simply be 'American'.
At the very least, I hope you can find humor in the parallel that I've drawn in my imagination between Osama Bin Laden and the Wicked Witch of the West (it's been stuck in my head all day!). It helps me feel better about my support for this terrorists execution... good riddance!