By Corinne Wnek
Have you ever thought that you could predict your reaction to a particular situation only to surprise yourself and react differently when that situation actually occurred? Its funny how our emotions work and how the passage of time changes our perception of things. Time may heal all wounds but it doesn’t obliterate the memory.
Ten years ago, as I watched the slaughter of over three thousand Americans on September 11 unfold over and over again on TV, I remember thinking what a great day of relief and celebration it will be when we finally get the satanic madman who was responsible for the unspeakable horror and sadness that touched us right here in our own backyards. But now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, I don’t feel relieved and I don’t feel like celebrating.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we got him, whatever the circumstances. Now, the world has one less ruthless killer who takes out innocent people in the name of religion. I don’t care about producing a picture of him with half his head blown off, either. If the SEALS say they got him, that’s good enough for me. They deserve a ticker tape parade down the streets of Manhattan with a special salute at ground zero.
The message this elite group of soldiers sent to bad guys all over the world was appropriate, and that is, you can run and you can hide, but you will absolutely not get away with murder. Still, I’m just not feeling the jubilation I thought I would feel ten years ago, and now I understand why. It’s because it feels like Osama Bin Laden is still here, greater in death than he was in life.
My guarded feelings about the demise of Bin Laden have less to do with him and more to do with the legacy he left behind. His was the face of hatred, revenge and annihilation. Those who swore allegiance to him, insist their ‘leader’ is now a martyr. They think that, right now, he’s enjoying those seventy-two virgins in heaven they believed he was promised in dying for ‘the cause’. They should forget about it. The SS OBL definitely took the express route and headed south.
What we are left with are a lot of ‘Bin Ladens’ out there who are angrier now than ever before. We can bet that, at any moment, someone will emerge as the new face of terror and patience will not be his strongest quality. From now on, revenge will be, not only for Allah, but for Osama Bin Laden, too. Hey, with the promise of virgins in heaven for the taking, what’s the down side?
No, there’s no flag waving or celebrating going on in my house over Bin Laden’s death, but only thanksgiving and quiet hopes for peace. But I need a distraction now before I let fear take over my life. I know. I’ll plan a summer vacation, one that doesn’t require us to board a train or plane. Or one that doesn’t attract large groups of people and definitely one that doesn’t cater to American family life. Now, let’s see…
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