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May 02, 2011


Pink Herring

So well said, Angela. I am having trouble processing this whole event.

A Super Girl

A very eloquent post. It's naive to think it's over. Oprah tweeted last night "does this mean the war's over?" Really Oprah? Really?! While this is a very symbolic event, it's Osama's underlings that are the real threat. And they aren't going anywhere.


My first thoughts were the same 'fear of retaliation'. I am curious and saddened by us rejoicing in the death of someone, anyone. I know this man caused much pain and sorrow for thousands around this world. But he has met his maker. I agree...maybe this helps others with closure. That this mad man can no longer train/lead others to do his work. But there are others out there just like him. Thoughts and prayers to Colby and all who fight beside him. From soon-to-be military wife to military wife, we will worry and pray together.

K. Syrah

This might be one of the more eloquent (and informed) things said about this on the blogosphere. Very well done.

I'm tired of the jumping up and down "America Fuck yeah!" sentiment. Last I checked, I'm still deploying, there's still a war, and pulling out now without any planning just because we killed a six foot douchebag on dialysis who hasn't been active in our enemy's organization for several years would still be a colossal mistake.

The foreboding? My husband and I definitely feel that too. I'm also frightened that some of the jingoistic things being said in 'celebration' of OBL's death will incite international reaction against us, especially in places where we have boots on the ground.


Very well written, Angela. I feel the same way: scared about retaliation that we may be more involved now than ever. My brother in law is in Afghanistan right now and was able to Skype message to let us know he's okay but will be off communications for a while. I hope your husband is okay and you hear from him soon.

Old Warrior

Unfortunately, the most base human characteristic is a drive to attain power and control over other humans - religion is frequently used as the tool to manipulate the weak minded into joining the team to pursue power. Bin Laden's goal was to take control of Saudia Arabia and he had to eliminate the interference of the West (primarily the USA) that maintained a different dictatorship in control.

There will always be another Bin Laden, Peron, Khomeini, Hitler, Lenin, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Attila, Caesar, etc., who aren't content to just be wealthy and comfortable. There are always charismatic ego maniacs who aren't happy unless they are King or Pharaoh. The rest of us are just pawns to be manipulated.

That's why our Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution designed to prevent us ever having a strong central government or a permanent standing army. Since we have both of those now (Strike Two) freedom and independence hang by a thread. Can Strike Three be far off?

Angela Noelle

Oh, Oprah...

Angela Noelle

First, I love your screen name so much--clever girl! Second, thank you for your compliment. It seems like people think screaming AMERICA at the top of their lungs equals patriotism. It's fine to love you country wholeheartedly. But I think patriotism means taking an active and thoughtful interest in your country, and being realistic about our future. Otherwise, mob mentality rules. Thank you to you and your husband for your service.

Angela Noelle

I'm so glad that you brother-in-law is safe, and I hope you're able to get more news from him soon. Happily, I was able to talk to Colby this morning, and all is well!

Angela Noelle

I don't worry about strike three for us as a nation coming from losing our independence, I worry that we'll be so caught up in policing the world that we don't realize our own country is falling apart right in front of us. I worry far more about the massive schism between parties. It seems the last time relations were bad, there was a pretty big war that started right here in my home state.

Angela Noelle

To me, it's certainly not something I'm screaming for joy about, though I am certainly glad that a huge symbol of evil and terror has met his end. A very, very complicated moment in time.

Angela Noelle

Hugs, Steph.


I was laying in bed when the news came up. We were watching Family Guy at the time and I honestly thought it was a joke-ya know how Family Guy likes to sometimes put in things. I called to my husband, we switched the channel and sure enough it wasn't a joke. We didn't dance around, cheer, high-five, we just watched. When Brian Williams started to talk about 9/11 and everything that happened it just made me cry all over again. We watched the President's speech, which I thought was a very good speech and he's a wonderful speaker (even if I'm not 100% pro Obama I still respect the man!), and then we went to sleep.

Yesterday morning I woke up, pulled the flag out and placed it outside on our pole. While I'm not dancing around that "we won" I am definitely glad to hear the man is no longer walking the earth. For me, putting out our flag, it made me feel good to give our own little show of support for our country and our troops but I wasn't dancing in the street yelling how glorious he was dead--does this make any sense?

But like most people, I too wonder what is to come. I worry something like 9/11 will happen again. But we just don't know. But no matter what I support our troops and what they do for us, whether it's standing at a base gate as security, working in the offices, working on equipment, flying a plane or on the ground. I wish for the wars to be over. I wish they could all come home and I wish we had some peace and quiet for a little while. And I think you are so right in your above comment, with the US policing everywhere else this country is gradually just falling apart piece by piece--and that needs to be addressed.


Beautifully written.
I agree with you that I'm proud of the accomplishment of our armed forces, but have a tough time rejoicing in ANY death. Even the death of a mass murderer.


Very nicely said!

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