Monday, May 2, 2011

We interrupt this regularly scheduled post...

So, today I was originally planning on writing about getting baptized, and how cute preschoolers are when they pray, but, um, something came up.

Anyone in America who has checked the news this morning knows that Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks by Al Queda, has been found and killed by American military forces.

And, I know you shouldn't be excited about anyone's death, no matter who that person is, but I'm not going to lie and say I'm not breathing a little easier this morning.

Okay, to get the downer side out of the way quick, I'll go ahead and acknowledge the cons.  I know that bin Laden being out of the picture doesn't automatically mean that terrorism is over.  I also know that Americans overseas are in danger of falling victim to retaliatory acts of violence by extremists and extremists sympathizers.

On the reverse side, times at home may get bad for some Muslim-Americans again, as too many people seem to have trouble differentiating between jihadists and the devout (or between "patriot" and "racist").

I also acknowledge that bin Laden's death increases the possibility that the world will be subjected to another Toby Keith album.

And I recognize that there are people who hate our president so much that they will fabricate all manners of conspiracies regarding the capture and execution of Osama bin Laden.  I fully expect there to be rumors running the gamut from, that President Obama knew where he was because Obama is a secret muslim terrorist, to that we just executed some other tall Middle Eastern guy with a long beard, and the real bin Laden is still somewhere out there.

But, hey, that's the downside to a democracy.  A lot of people in America are able and willing to exercise their right to be morons.

Now that we've gotten the negatives out of the way, let's look at the positives.  Justice has been served on behalf of the thousands of people who died as a result of the 9/11 attacks, and their families can find some peace.

Al Queda has lost one of its biggest figureheads, organizers, and bankrollers, so, while terrorism will always exist, that group at least is going to be a lot less effective for a while.

Also, we found Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and got him in a tactical move that was well-rehearsed and surgical in its precision, with virtually zero collateral damage, and no American casualties.  (Though it was very tragic that the woman who they were using as a body shield died, I am grateful that our troops didn't just go in and carpet bomb the area, killing dozens of innocent bystanders.)

Plus, with everything going on with the economy and having been in this war for so long, Americans have been needing a win lately.  Did you know that the global stock market got a boost from bin Laden's death?  Seems like good news all around.

So congratulations to our troops, our soldiers, our commander-in-chief, and all our allies, military, economic, and political.  God bless you, God bless America, and God bless everyone else, as well.

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