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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ramblings and thoughts..

This weekend was great....It was so nice to see my family and spend some time with all of them.  I didn't get to take many pictures and I haven't taken them off my camera yet :)  so I promise them for another day.
I have had a post in draft mode for a day and a half now.  I started it when I opened my facebook page on Monday morning and the first thing I saw was a video clip of people celebrating.  I couldn't figure out what major sporting event I missed and then I read what was going on.
Bin Laden was killed and people were dancing in the street
Celebrating the death of this evil person
Celebrating America and the power that this country had to take down this leader of a terrorist organization
Celebrating the destruction of this individual who spearheaded an organization who's mission seems to be to take down America
And you know what, I didn't celebrate.  I actually didn't post about it at all.
Like many other people who lived through that day, I remember exactly where I was, who I was with and what I was doing.  I remember the terror of hearing about the attacks in New York City.
I remember the pit in my stomach because I didn't know where my dad was working that day or whether my mom was in the store at the Pentagon.
I remember hearing that they were evacuating people in downtown Pittsburgh and thinking about the emails I had just exchanged with my best friend's mother who was in the tallest sky scraper.
I remember not being able to get online, there were no televisions in the building I was in and I remember not being able to contact my family.
I remember the days that followed, trying to make sure that the friends who were living in New York City were okay, that no one I knew was on one of those planes.
And I remember the phone call and the emotions when I found out that there was someone I knew, a friend who lost their life that day.
Hearing that Bin Laden was dead brought back all of those memories.  Flooding in, they took my by surprise, because to this day those emotions, that feeling of being out of control still floor me.
But I couldn't celebrate.
I can't celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how just and well deserved.
I know that people won't agree with me, and every one is entitled to their own feelings and thoughts on the subject, far be it from me to judge, so please don't judge me.
He was the leader of a vast organization.  A figurehead really who I honestly believe probably hasn't been calling the shots for several years.  He is gone and his judgement will be passed by whatever higher power has the right to pass that judgement. Certainly not me.
I am glad that the men and women who fight so hard for our country have succeeded in a mission that has been going on for a very long time.
I hope that this will make the world a more peaceful place, but I honestly don't believe that one person has that much power.  There are contingency plans and a hierarchy to an organization of any scale that does not rely on one man.
The dancing on the street, reminded me of the videos from right after 9/11 of individuals who were celebrating the attacks.
Hate breeds hate and once it's out, there is a vicious cycle that perpetuates.  When does it end?
I am glad that I wrote this, although I have no idea how it will be received.  It was not my intention to offend or to defend anyone or anything.  If I have offended anyone, I truly apologize and promise to be back to "normal" posts tomorrow.
Hugs to you all!!


  1. I did not celebrate his death either that said I am glad he is dead but do not think it will change much and may in fact make matters worse with those who want to get even or seek revernge as you said it is a vicious circle..............

  2. I see nothing wrong with what you posted Col - honestly, it beats the heck out of all the conspiracy theories I have been reading about how Obama did this for votes or intentionally interrupted Trump with the announcement while Apprentice is on - sigh, sigh, sigh.

    Your response is refreshing, in that, it is not accusatory nor skewed by bias. You said what a lot of us are thinking.

    Nicely done sweetie.

  3. More people need to think as you do and not get so happy because any human had died. Like a lot of others I don't really think too much will change simply because of one man being gone. I think the world will be a better place without him but that is no reason to dance in the street. Good post girl. Have a great day.

  4. Great post Nic. I wrote my opinion. Others write theirs. You wrote yours. Everyone is entitled to feel however they feel. And not one of us should judge each other. Where I was working at the time, there were a bunch of people who flew into Somerset PA that day. And we couldn't hear anything about them for hours. It was so scary. And then watching the news and seeing the devastation over and over and over. I do agree with you. No one person will ever be responsible for so much hatred and violence in this world. Great post.

  5. well i didn't throw a party and yes i admit i'm relieved he is gone but beyong that i'm a little pissed that the news has interrupted several of my shows yes shallow i know but hey i really like watching Ellen. Glad you got to spend time with the family. hugs

  6. Excellent post Col -truly! I agree with you wholeheartedly. Like the others above, I honestly don't think anything will change because this evil man is no more. I just pray that there won't be any horrific revenge attacks. Even if we didn't agree with you, you have every right to post what you want to, and it wouldn't affect our bloggy friendship at all.