03 May 2011

Photos tell the story, and some perspective

Couple good photos circulating after the recent death of that guy.

FWIW: I thought all the celebrating was embarrassing, insofar as I feel anything when large groups of people that live in the same country as me do something inane. bin Laden's death is analogous to shoveling a big pile of shit: a necessary job, but once done you wash your hands clean, take satisfaction in a difficult job well done and move on.

No need for chants of USA, wild celebration on college campuses, etc. No need for sports columnists to weigh in with long essays about 'what it means' (Peter King is okay when he writes about sports, and consistently awful otherwise).

In my opinion, a better reaction would be a sober moment of reflection, a few minutes to meditate on the families of the victims of 9/11, and the families affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the emotional and physical hardships they have endured. Maybe a prayer, if you're into that.

9/11 was a terrible tragedy, but bin Laden's death does not warrant celebration. He was directly responsible for the death of maybe 4,000 people (indirectly, tens of thousands more, which was his stated intention); that sounds like a lot, but it isn't. More than 4,000 Americans die every MONTH in traffic accidents. I don't see anybody dancing in the streets when we buckle up our seat belts.

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