News came last night that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a United States military operation, the American reaction has been one of elation and pride; be it through tears, the singing of our National Anthem, or the chanting of U.S.A.
But what does this really mean for the United States?
My opinion is that it is great for the national psyche but beyond that I’m not sure. I’ve been listening to all the talking heads on tv and many think that our short term safety is more of an issue, but long term they think this event is good for our country; time will tell.
One thing I think we can all agree on is that Osama brought our country together at least twice…unless you also consider the 1993 bombing of the World Trade building. It has been interesting to see how he brought us together on 9/11 and now on this day. In 2001 we came together in shock to support, help, and give strength to one another…and today, we come together once again but with smiles and joy.
Since hearing the news last night, on Facebook and Twitter before tv (GO social media…I love it), I have had many thoughts:
It goes to show how much power one person can have.
I’m amazed by our military and their capabilities.
It’s great to see Americans come together, I just wish it could last longer. Once a little bit of time passes we’ll be right back to all the bickering.
I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on 9/11…and just how helpless I felt.
Although I’m glad Osama is dead, I know the terrorist threats and dangers are not dead.
Social media was not around on 9/11, but it has certainly been interesting to see how it has been used in these other major stories like earthquakes, the Japan tsunami, and now the Osama death.
I wonder what will happen next.
Just some random thoughts I’ve had in the past twelve hours. What have yours been?
- Osama Bin Laden dead. R u sleeping any better? (chicagonow.com)