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8 May 2011

He is gone, after nearly 10 years, we finally got him. That is the message that President Obama delivered on May 1, 2011 at 11:30 EDT. What a great way to end Yom HaShoah, the day we remember the dead of the Holocaust and May Day, the day we remember when unions were a good thing in this country.

After the president made the announcement people gathered at the White House and the site of the twin towers in NYC and started chanting blindly, in unison, U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Was it something to be proud of? Were these faux patriots proud that we killed another human being? Granted Osama bin Laden was a mass murder. When John Wayne Gacy was put to death, I don’t remember any one screaming Ill-in-ois! Ill-in-ois!

I give the president credit for not taking his eye of Osama bin Laden, unlike President Bush who after one year didn’t really care anymore about catching the man who orchestrated bring down the World Trade Center towers, flying an airplane into the Pentagon and killing 3,497 people.

Much has been made and will continue to be made on where bin Laden was hiding. The government led as all to believe it was Afghanistan, so much so that we invaded the sovereign nation in order to get him.

Why no one in the Bush administration listen to Christiane Amanpour in 2008? Well, she is a member of the liberal-elite, blame-stream, gotcha media. Fair enough, but what about Janitor from Sacred Heart hospital who said this in 2007

America’s response was strange but that is to be expected. Thanks to Donald Trump and the Tea Baggers, they started to question whether he was really dead or it was a distraction from the Obama birth certificate controversy. Like killing bin Laden would be the distraction to the birth certificate brouhaha. It was so much so simpler in the 1980’s. When Reagan was under fire for Iran-Contra, he would have an illness to distract us, now you have to kill enemy #1 and it’s still not good enough

Another reaction was the social media world going nuts swapping this quote:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Sounds pretty heady and wise, too bad it is mostly bullshit!  At first it was attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. Later it was attributed to Mark Twain, nice try but no. The italicized part is Dr. King’s quote. The rest has no author. Another quote that went around the social media sites was:

“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I hve read some obituaries with great pleasure.”

 Again attributed to Twain. Well close, it sounds like something that famed attorney

Clarence Darrow said:

“I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.”

Twain gets credit for this bon mot:

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

This shows to go you that you can’t believe everything on the Internet, only believe what you read in Pure Gibberish.

Should we be happy that this truly evil person is dead? Should we celebrate it?

Three of Atlanta’s four most influential Rabbis’ weighed in with Biblical quotes. Rabbis Rachael “Bregs” Bregman and Joshua Heller both used these passages from Proverbs: 1) 11:10, “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth; and when the wicked perish, there is joy” 2) 24:17 “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth.” Rabbi Eytan Kenter used this one in his sermon this Shabbat (and yes he did it as a walk and talk), Psalms 104:35 35 “Let sinners cease out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more.”

Darn you Bible, why must you contradict everything!

Kenter’s made me think, which is not my strongest suit. Do we hate the sin and not the sinner? If we wipe out sin then the sinner will have no choice but to repent his actions. In this case, there was no way in hell that Osama bin Laden was going to repent anything, he as joyful in what he did to our country.

I for one am okay in celebrating the sudden and absolute demise of bin Laden. For the most part, I am a non-violent pacifist. Once you transgress the laws of a civil society than those laws no longer apply to you. If you mastermind the mass murder of more than 3500 people under the guise of religion than guess what, you need to go and quickly.

What is next for us? We have been focused on this one guy for nigh on 10 years and now that he is gone what to we do? Great drama needs a great villain. What is Othello without Iago? Wait, too high-brow for my readers, what is 101 Dalmatians without Cruella de Vil? No, too juvenile for my readers, what is McKinley High School without Sue Sylvester?

Who should we focus our massive hatred upon? You can’t just let go of ten years of hatred without replacing it. Perhaps we should direct our hatred at people who deserve it; teachers, union members, public employees, planned parenthood and PBS. You know the people who crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses while paying no taxes.

For now, let’s congratulate our president and military for a job well done. I am sure in the near future we will have another enemy to be scared of. We are a skittish nation and someone will fill the void.


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