NO MORE TERRORISM!… oh…um….wait a second….

2 May

Here’s a Hallmark intro to a posting about assassination, mass death, revenge, blood hunger, shattered lives, and the delusion that history isn’t going to keep repeating itself again, and again, and again.

September 10th, 2001 I had cable/television removed from my house.  Sully was 3 and had learned all necessary life tools from Sesame Street and everything else was garbage- so we said good-bye to TV and its commercialism.  Brad and I were dating, and I lived in Kansas and he pretty much was either in California, touring, or visiting me.  He had just gotten to NYC the day before to start a tour.

September 11th, 2001 Brad woke me up early in the morning with a phone call screaming “Turn on your TV!  We’re under attack!  I just watched the Trade Center towers collapse!!”.  I jumped up, ran downstairs to turn on the TV- but there were no channels.  I called him back, and he told me that he watched the towers go down from a street corner in Brooklyn, and he was going to go back to his friend’s house to see what the news said was happening and call me right back.  And that was the last I heard from him for over 12 hours.  I had no communication with him, no television reports as to what was going on, the internet was just a wobbly toddler at that time so “up-to-the-minute-reports” really weren’t living up to their name.  I tried listening to the radio- but there was just as much confusion there.  And I had no idea what had happened to my Bradly.  At about 11pm that night, the phone lines opened up and he called.  And we both freaked out.  And we decided that we should probably just own up to the fact that we wanted to do the whole marriage thing to each other.  So 9/11 is pretty much our engagement date.

Today, almost 10 years later, Osama bin Laden is announced dead.  And today is me and Brad’s wedding anniversary.  The orchestrator of the event that spawned our engagement is killed on our anniversary.  Weird?  Yeah.  An omen?  Maybe.  A good or bad omen?  Who knows.  Good story?  Yup.

So bin Laden is dead.  I think this is a good thing.  I’m the first to throw fist pumps in the air at the prospect of ANY bad person being gunned down (whether they’re a murderer or a pedophile or a rapist or The Duggars- it really doesn’t matter).  I like bad people dead so there’s more room for the people who don’t do horrific things.  But there were a few things that I’ve seen on the news and through the manic twitter/facebook/etc feeds that make me uncomfortable.

As if the towers going down wasn’t horrific enough to leave us all speechless… the news images of people in the Middle East cheering in the streets because of the mass execution spawned a blood thirst in the American population that I had never seen.  That blood thirst led to innocent Americans of Middle Eastern decent being brutalized, vengeful prejudice, and an overall “kill them all!” attitude in the USA.  Being an organized nation of (somewhat) coherent rules of war-time conduct, we strategically went to war.  But the images today of American’s grouping in the thousands, cheering in the streets, and singing praises sparked all those images from 2001- and it didn’t sit well with me.   Not because bin Laden didn’t get his just desserts… but because we are celebrating death the same way they did.  The same way that sparked our hunger for revenge, retaliation, and the need to see the other guy suffer.  And we’re firing up that blood thirst in the people who brought us those insane attacks in the first place.  The people who are NOT an organized nation of (somewhat) coherent rules of war-time conduct… but quiet terrorist cells that could be hiding anywhere and don’t care about dying for their cause.  Are we relieved that guy is gone?  Of course!!!!  Do we need to behave in a way that is just going to add fuel to an already out of control fire?  No.  We don’t.

The second thing that makes me shift uncomfortably in my seat is that this really changes nothing… but people aren’t seeming to see that.  Bin Laden is dead, but 15 other guys just like him are prepped and ready to jump in his spot.  We will soon hear of a new “Public Enemy #1”, and then be shocked by more violence thrown at us because we killed their leader (who is a hero in their eyes), and then danced in the streets in celebration of the death of that hero.  American’s are already letting out huge sighs of relief… but I think that we need to bring the troops home and start securing our motherland.  Because we thought the terrorists were pissed before… but I promise you, they are filled with rage now.

The final thing has been more annoying than anything… and that is the piles of moronic posts saying “Gas prices had better go down now” or “If all our troops aren’t home within a month I’m going to go back to hating Obama” or “The recession had better be over now!”, bla bla bla.  No, gas prices won’t go down for a while because they were based on projections from a while back and we will have to get to future projections at a lower cost in order to see the prices reduce.  Bin Laden has nothing to do with how much it takes to fill your tank.  No, we will probably not get our troops back in a month.  Who knows how long it will take… but they will come home.  Remember- Bush sent our troops over there, so don’t blame Obama for trying to clean up that monkey’s mess.  Finally… if  you think that the recession really centers around the war and bin Laden- you are retarded.  Plain and simple.  The crashing job market and housing market and stocks and banks and lending and so on and so on has been coming for DECADES.  It just happened to hit the same time the terrorists did.  Let’s not all get worked up and stupid.

So those are my thoughts.  In summary:

  • Bin Laden dead = Good!
  • Our rubbing the crazy terrorists nose in it = probably not such a good idea.
  • Letting our guard down after assassinating the leader of the scariest terrorist group in decades = not so smart.
  •  Gas prices will continue to suck
  • It will always take the military forever to do anything (ie: almost 10 years  and a trillion dollars to kill 1 man), so don’t expect the troops home tomorrow.
  • We will still be in recession, because to expect anything else makes you stupid.
  • Me and Brad’s marriage is intertwined with a dead terrorist… whether that’s good, bad or just entertaining-  we have yet to find out.

Happy dead bad guy to all of you, and happy anniversary to me and Bradly!!


3 Responses to “NO MORE TERRORISM!… oh…um….wait a second….”

  1. Veronica May 3, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Hi Kristen! Happy anniversary!Sure it’s a graet story.
    I didin’t get my mum killed or hurted by like three minutes at 11m train bombings in Madrid, I’m very glad Osama is dead but I don’t think that changes anything by now some other head full of shit cunt will have taken his place, and probably plannig revenge.
    I Think it’s a really fucking bad idea and stupid as hell to make street partys and parades to celebrate it.
    Vero Rebel xx

  2. Uhhhnay May 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Happy Anniversary to you two! Personally, I was shocked that Bin Laden was still alive! I thought for sure that he was either A) A fictional character or B) Dead and alone in the desert somewhere. But alas, it was semi relieving to hear of his execution…on that note, I am completely as shocked and disgusted as you are in this celebration of death!

    It leaves me worried that prime time america is cheering over the death of someone, regardless of good or evil, I find it disturbing. As terrible and disgusting as he was, Osama’s family has immediate ties to our government and that scares the shit out of me. Should we be celebrating the passing of someone whose family runs more of our country than citizens are aware of? Fuck no!

    I’m with you on this, we should be scared and we should tread cautiously. Now I ask you, what do you make of the way they disposed of his body? I understand they were looking to avoid any location that a shrine could be built and that they weren’t sure what country would take him. But it seems…rushed that the american government would take onto themselves to dispose of his remains. It seems a little bit (pardon my pun) fishy. I’d like to hear your thoughts on that!

    Thanks for your insight as always and your extremely valid points. People who see a connection between Osama Bin Laden, gas prices or the recession are moronic. And as far as seeing the troops come home, you are 100% correct, that will take a long time. As much as I’d love to see them come home, its the unfortunate truth.

    But also, how wonderful was Obama’s speech following the announcement of Bin Laden’s death? I thought the speech was wonderful and I enjoyed how much credit he took in getting it done. Take that conservatives that say Obama never did anything!

  3. LRA August 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I lived in NYC when 9/11 happened. It was surreal.

    I’ll tell you the whole story someday. But not today.


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