Monday morning was somewhat cloudy and everywhere I went seemed rather calm and quiet.
I picked up a copy of "The Times" at the first deli I passed, before picking up a croissant for breakfast. I sat down on the train and read.
|May 2, 2011|
I'd been hearing and reading varying responses to the event, but one comment, which I read on Facebook earlier this morning, seems to mimic my feelings most accurately:
i know that some might be celebrating his actual death, but for me... i'm not exactly celebrating, but HOPING that this is the end of a really dark era in our national history. bin laden's death won't bring back any of the innocent people that he killed, or any of the thousands of lives lost in the national nightmare that was Bush's war in iraq (which wouldn't have happened were it not for the country's traumatized psyche after 9/11...). i don't even really feel that 'justice has been done'-- there's no way to ever rebalance the scales after life has been stolen away. still-- i hope that as a country we can get back to where we were when we are all standing on the street corners holding candles and singing songs with neighbors, waiting in endless lines to donate blood, patiently putting up with bomb scares on the subways, keeping time by the daily schedule of the fighter jets flying up and down the hudson, and still breathing in the ashes of our friends and neighbors. bush squandered the sense of solidarity and national unity that was the natural and patriotic response to bin laden's horrifying attack and sullied our national resolve with his manipulative drive to (unrelated!) war in iraq. with the bush doctrine repudiated, the middle east embracing democracy, and now the death of a man who personified the creed of violent religious anarchy, i hope that this resets the national clock back to that place where we were 10 years ago where we have the resolve to face our problems as one nation, and our leaders have the dignity to act in the best interests of the American people