Monday, May 2, 2011

History Has Been Made


Americans have been waiting anxiously to hear those words. DB and I were hanging out in the living room, watching a baseball game when an announcer said "Osama Bin Laden is dead" and that we can tune into President Obama's speech on CNN. DB did not know what channel that was but I did... or the general vicinity.

Apparently, it is true and our President was to confirm it. The master mind behind Al Queda and the attacks on September 11, 2001 is dead and the US has his body. It has been almost 10 years since that tragic day when we lost almost 3,000 of our American citizens on the East Coast. At first there were reports that a drone killed Osama, but it was later confirmed that the CIA and the National Guard shot him in the head. There have also been reports that he used his wife as a shield. We weren't there so we'll never really know what exactly happened.

"It's a good day for this country" and I agree with some people's statements like "@YoungJoe813 Osama Bin Laden may be dead but America's hands are dirty still. You can kill a hateful person but can't kill hate." Although he was the ring leader, the terror doesn't stop there. The threats do not stop there. Many people lined the gates of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. singing the Nation's songs and chanting "USA" - and similar celebrations occurred at Ground Zero.

We spent half a day in New York City, came in through the subway from Hoboken, NJ and walked the entire perimeter of Ground Zero. I looked straight up to neighboring skyscrapers and could only imagine two 100+ story buildings standing there. I have seen them once with my own eyes from afar at the Newark Airport in New Jersey a few years before. I stood on the bridge of overpasses to see the construction going on underneath and the thought of the horrible day, what people were going through, people jumping to their death off the Twin Towers, the streets filled with ashes... When this happened, I had no idea what was going on. I was on my way to work and thought it was odd that the Caldecott Tunnel headed to Oakland wasn't busy and that the other side, heading East, was packed! I reached the city, parked like I normally did on First Street and headed towards 100 First Street. I randomly saw a classmate I had in the previous semester walking towards me, in the same direction as the Bay Bridge. I smiled and said "What's up?!"
"You don't know???"
"No."
"The Twin Towers collapsed. A terrorist attack."
OMG, I am so out of it. The city was evacuating in case of an attack.

I thought President's Obama was great. He gave a quick recap of events, what lead to the killing of Osama and restates that we are not in war with Muslims and that he's been in touch with the Pakastani leader.

I know Osama's death will not bring back the lives lost of family members from 9/11 but some are finding relief.

How does Osama Bin Laden's death make you feel about our future?
What did you think of President Obama's speech?



Long Live the United States of America

1 comment:

  1. I don't know exactly what to feel. offcourse I felt unhappy for our fellow americans but not totally happy for his death ( Osama Bin Laden) Because i also care for his family. People sometimes need to know how to forgive and how to repent.

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