Archive for May, 2011


Why it’s okay to celebrate Bin Laden’s Death

Alright, how many blogs have I done on 9/11?  You think a lot? Actually no. By my account I have done no blogs on 9/11, and for the same reason I don’t do a lot of blogs on Katrina, the Nuclear Meltdown in Japan, or the elections: In short, everyone has done it, and frankly they proabably did it better than me. But don’t think for a second I don’t remember 9/11, or the ramifications of it. I do, and to this day their is an empty spot in my soul because of it.

I am a jouranlist by nature, having taken my first Journalism class in college at the age of eighteen and graduating with a degree in Communications several years later. I have worked for three newspapers full time, and several periodicals and online magazines part time. I am a professional blogger for the last three years. One of the first things they teach you in journalism is “write it down, never leave it to memory.” I have always tried to follow this. If you dig through my office you will find countless old newspapers. I have headlines of the Clinton 96 election, the Bush/Gore controversial election, the Clinton Impeachment Hearings, the Bush/Kerry election, the Mavs/Heat  Finals, the Stars/Devils Finals, the Cowboys hiring of Parcells, and the Hurricane Katrina Strory. Prized above all of those though is my copy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday, Sept. 11th edition of their paper, an issue only released on that day, and they never release a paper the day of the news. In bold, big letters are the words “Collapse” and there is a picture of both buildings, before they tumbled, with smoke billowing out of the sides. It is a day that if you were alive and cognizant you will never forget. Perhaps the Stock market crash of 29, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Kennedy Assasination are the only more watched and discussed news events in American history.

But unsaid amongst the pundits in the aftermath of 9/11 is why America came together in the weeks follwoing the terrorist bombing. The truth is their is something unique about being American, to quote Bill Murray in Stripes “We’re all dog-faces here, our ancestors have been kicked out of every decent country in the world.” The truth is there is no one national race or religion that defines Americanisn, that’s what makes us unique. To be American is more about an attitude than a specific set of principals. This is why we have an electorate that can re-elect George W. Bush in the midst of a very un-popular war, and then turn around and elect Obama. We don’t follow one allegiance, we follow the coolest guy in the room. At times this might seem simplistic. naieve even, but in the 9/11 aftermath it was unique and wonderful for this country. New York Taxi-Drivers, Arab in birth decried the Taliban, Black Muslims in New York City called Bin Laden a mad-man, white hicks in the south wrote patriotic songs, and gave millions to our troops over-seas, middle class americans got off their ass and gave to a cause. For once, we were united, and not because differences amongst us didn’t still exist, but because we all saw the true face of terror and realized, hey, this isn’t us!

Bin Laden is a mass murderer, period! If you haven’t read your history look it up. Even if you want to disregard the 9/11 attacks, something that is virtually impossible given Bin Laden’s close relations to Al-Quaeda and his funding, he is responsible for the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa and the U.S.S Cole bombings in 2000.  By their own accounts Al-Quaeda has killed thousands of muslims and non-muslims throughoutt Europe and the middle east for decades now. Bin Laden was very wealthy and lived in a climate controlled compound in Pakistan with Cable, Marijuana, and whores to service him for his remaining years, he was hardly the martyr that some would make him out to be.

But after his death we got some of the usual hand-wringing from the left about the celebration of his death. Scoop Jackson of ESPN’s First Take said he was “uncomfortable” with all the joy and celebration. Rashard Mendenhall not only didn’t like the celebrations, but questioned whether Bin Laden had anything to do with 9/11 and didn’t think planes could bring down a building (even though Bin Laden took credit for the attack and structural engineers have consistently  confirmed the attacks effectiveness.)

The reason for this is simple. For some on the left, celebrating Bin Laden’s death is a confirmation of George W.’s war policies, and they can not bring themselves to that conclusion. For others, the death of Bin Laden signals a blow to Islamo-fascism, and their defense of it. Mostly though, the acknowledgement of success at Bin Laden’s death would mean a reluant support of the Bush policies that helped bring about his capture in the first place.

But make no mistake. Bin Laden was a mass murderer, and a threat to the western world. It is okay to agree or disagree with American foreign policy from the left or the right while still agreeing with our over-all aim of defeating terrorists. Despite their differences Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, and Nixon all had a simmilar disdain for communsim, particularly the Soviet Unions’s version of it. Their stead-fast resolution agaisnt it helped precipitate the fall of the Soviet Union. Both Bush and Obama understand the dangers of terrorism and what happened two weeks ago was a terrific blow to our greatest enemy.

I do not know where we go from here, but I for one and proud and satisfied with what our brave men in the seals did for this country. I am proud of Obama for giving the order and executing it as well as he did. Let’s put aside partisan politics for one moment and celelebrate a great American victory. The people that lost loved ones on 9/11 deserved justice. Two Sundays ago they got just that, and I for one don’t mind being happy about it. If you wish to celebrate the death of Bin Laden, go right ahead. You are more than entitled to this moment. We are all Amercans, and we celebrate when we win, that’s just who we are baby!

Go U.S.A.

Jack B.