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Bin Laden is dead. The news made me happy. I don't want to feel pleasure about the death of another person, no matter how much he deserved it. But apparently I don't have a choice. I've been delighted since last night and the feeling doesn't seem to be going away.

This is the first time that another person's death has made me happy. When the Iraqis executed Sadam Hussein, it was simple justice. When drones kill lesser terrorist leaders, I'm pleased at the result, not the loss of life. Bin Laden was different.  Like many of you, I was watching television on the morning of September 11th, 2001 when the second plane hit the second tower. This time it was personal.  For me, Bin Laden's death is deeply satisfying.

This is the sort of event that defines our national sense of self. The United States didn't stop trying to kill Bin Laden for ten years. We Americans might not do things right on the first try, but betting against us in the long run remains a very bad idea. I'm proud to be an American. I want to be on the team that will gnaw through a concrete wall to get it done, even if it takes ten years.

Tomorrow we'll go back to criticizing one another and complaining about just about everything. That is our way. It keeps us sharp. But today, for just one day, let's enjoy a collective victory. Let's remember those who died on 9/11 and in Afghanistan thereafter. Let's think about the level of bravery and professionalism that went into this operation. And let this remind us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. 

History turns on psychology. The United States has been in a rough patch for ten years. That changed last night. Buckle up; the next part of this ride is the fun part.

 
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May 2, 2011
Indeed celebrating a man's death is sadistic, but I can imagine you feel that way, I do as well. The world is better of without Bin Laden. I do hope the nationalistic and political association of this event are lessened.

Personally, I'm not sure how to respond. Because I don't know a lot of things for sure. I don't know whether Bin Laden was behind 9/11. I'm pretty sure he was a key leader of a terrorist organization but I don't know which events are factually linked to him, nor will I ever know. I also don't know whether the troops were brave and professional like you claim. I wasn't there. For all I know they screwed up 10 times before making this successful move. I also doubt the strong US label that is given to both the problem and today's solution. A lot more people have lost their lives outside the US due to terrorism than inside it.

Today is a good day, but I like to know where I cheer for. Yes, I should stop whining. I just hate patriotism. It is racism with a flag.
 
 
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May 2, 2011
Truly good news some comments and observation:

So when did we kill him? May 1st or several days prior? If we killed him yesterday, thats not enough time to DNA test. If several days ago, why did the prez say yesterday in a pre-prepared speech written and practiced before being delivered?

Buried at sea? What does that "Prove"? I want his ass nailed to the white house front door. Show me the body. We got to see Saddam. I want to see Bin Laden with Jeff Dunham's hand up his ass making terrorist jokes.

Did anyone else notice how often the news people last night kept ALMOST saying Obama is dead instead of Osama?

Be honest, when you all FIRST read that news crawler, how many people thought we were minus a president?

So THAT qualifies as a mansion in Pakistan? Damn.

Why didn't the president look at the camera during his speech and say, "Al Zwaheri....you're next.". In my opinion a perfect opportunity missed.

Finally, why didn't the president make the initial announcement himself? The news channels broke the news. Obama just "confirmed it". Something this big should have INITIALLY come from him. Not Cnn.
 
 
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May 2, 2011
"I loosened it." - Bush
 
 
 
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