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America’s Big News

Earlier tonight, I sat on the couch with my daughter (who just turned 20) as we listened to the President tell us the big news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  We had been watching another program when the news cut in to tell us the President was about to make an important statement to the country.  “What could it be?” we wondered.  What was so important that it had to be told so late this Sunday evening.  We heard nothing of any type of news impending in the last couple of days.  So what was so important that he had to address the whole nation?

I went to my son’s room to make sure he had his T.V. on and was watching.  He was.  I make it a point to make sure my children watch all important news programs and announcements about our government in an effort to help them understand, somewhat, politics so they will be prepared and educated voters when they are able to do so.  I try to tell them that voting is a privilege and not something they should take lightly or do if they can’t make an honest attempt to understand what they are voting for and who they are voting into any office. 

They seem to have a great interest in what goes on in our country and how it is being run, so I feel I have done my job as a parent in that area.  And they are very concerned, as young folks should be, about the future of our country.  So, here we three sat in anticipation of this very important news.  We waited and waited as delay after delay came, until  finally, he went to the podium to make his announcement.  Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, had finally been killed.  His body was taken by the U.S. team that shot him.  After all this time, he had finally been found and killed.

We were stunned.  This whole thing had been going on for so long and now it had finally been done.  As the President spoke of the day of the attack on the Twin Towers, I thought of that day way back then as it had unfolded.  From those early morning hours when I learned of the first plane hitting the first tower, after I had dropped my children off at their grade school, till the end of the day when I didn’t know if it was even safe to lay my head down on my pillow and go to sleep that night, and everything that happened in between. 

I thought of all those people who had died in those buildings and their families.  I thought of all the soldiers in every military service who has fought for our country and who had enrolled in the service as a result of that attack.  And I said a silent prayer of thanks for them while I continued to listen to the President speak. 

Who knows what the next few days, weeks, and months will hold?  I feel proud, as an American, that we have some sort of victory after all this time.  I feel strong and brave to know we didn’t give up.  I feel relieved that there is one less crazy, violent, evil person on this planet who spews his ugly ideas onto weak humans in an effort to gain control over things he should have no control over. 

And I feel glad to live in America and am proud of my country, once again.

16 responses

  1. Jackie Paulson Author

    I am so happy that USA got Bin Laden.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

  2. Cory Nedlik

    The world is certainly a far better place without him, and I praise God that this will likely be very destructive to Al Quaida’s operations, therefore, preventing more innocent life from being lost. Allelujah to that!

    But are “victory” and “pride,” in this situation, nothing other than notations of self-gratification in vengeance? Is this what we should be teaching our children – to love revenge, to revel in it, to take pride in it? Is that what victory is – obtaining revenge?

    May 2, 2011 at 2:02 am

    • Thanks for your comment, Cory.

      In my opinion, it is victory that we were able to obtain the goal of capturing/stopping the perpetrator of such a heinous act as 911. And I do have pride in my country for standing up to such violence in order to safeguard all who choose to live here in America. I do not teach my children to “love” revenge, nor to revel in it. And I hope I did not come off as someone who would even think in that way.

      However, if it comes down to a choice between evil (Osama bin Laden teaching others to hate people they don’t even know and kill them) and good (all the innocent people who died on 911 for no reason), then I choose taking out the evil by whatever means is necessary.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

  3. Good thoughts here. I think it’s good to make sure your kids are informed like that. I’m glad you guys can have some closure now and you’re proud of your country. Here’s to

    May 2, 2011 at 2:36 am

    • Yes! Here’s to peace!

      May 2, 2011 at 2:39 am

  4. I like the fact that you included your children on the broadcast. Mine were all ready in bed but I told them about it this morning.
    This stuff is never easy. On one hand, I feel good to know that this person who purposely wreaked havoc on the lives of complete strangers is gone. And yet, to know we had to kill him, chills me to the bone.
    I am sure other countries are celebrating but like us they must wait for any consequences.
    Good post that makes us think.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    • You’re right, it’s not easy. And there are times when I realize this is the exact reason we let others do the “dirty work” so that we can live in some sort of peace–to whatever degree (perhaps without the guilt, even). I have come to a point in my life where I’m not innocent about how things work, and understand this is why we have the military and the CIA and all the other agencies and government institutions that are out there–including the ones we’re not even supposed to know about. Should we know about them? Should we be told every little thing that goes on and what the leaders we voted into office do with the responsibilities we give them to govern us? That’s a big subject and one I want to write a whole nother post on. Because it gets deep.

      I won’t celebrate the death of another human being, but I will celebrate the end to a long search that has had this country turned upside down, in constant debate about what is right and what is wrong, and pitted people against each other because of our varying beliefs.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I always appreciate your views!

      May 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  5. Leah

    Very nice post. I wrote something similar today. It is truly a historic moment and one we will remember for the rest of our lives. I think about 9/11 nearly every day and this news fills me with happiness and relief, no matter what the future holds.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    • Thanks, Leah. It is an historic moment, for sure. I agree about “no matter what the future holds.”

      May 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  6. I was actually watching Army Wives when my husband saw on the internet the announcement(cable programming did not cut away to the announcement). Army Wives episode was about a grief support group where people shared about the loss of their sons & husbands, who were killed in our current war conflict. A woman(actress) voiced her anger/grief wondering if her husband had died for nothing for a war where the countries don’t want the US involvement. That announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death coming right at that time provided the answer of why we are in Operation Enduring Freedom.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    • Wow. Talk about perfect timing. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of all of the men and women who fight for our country. Not because they do it for me and the rest of us who live here while they are out fighting. But because they are so brave and giving and obedient and patriotic and honorable and sacrificing and full of pride for their country and want to protect all who live here along with our rights and our freedoms and our opportunities. …and so much more.

      Thanks for your comment.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  7. It does make you proud to be an American. It was like a movie with the Navy SEALs swooping in and killing all of the bad guys.

    I guess I’m not surprised, but he sank a little further before he died when he used his wife as a human shield.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    • I’ve seen so many American flags flying high and proud this past day–just as in the days after 911. You can’t help but feel pride in your nation.

      May 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

  8. What a beautiful post, and I am so impressed that you took the time to share the moment with your children. And that you talk to them about the importance and value of voting.

    My kids are 2 and 4, but I still lug them with me (sometimes in a wagon!) to go and vote. It’s something I want them to grow up respecting and understanding.

    Thank you for the insightful and thoughtful post.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    • That’s great that you take your kids with you to vote! I do think it’s really important for them to understand the process and to take it seriously.

      I’m glad to know there are some super great moms out there, raising their children to be intelligent and responsible human beings. And, you are obviously one of them, too! 🙂

      May 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

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