Ambivalence

Anyone else feeling rather conflicted about the news of and reaction to Osama Bin Laden’s death?

On the one hand, it is hard not to be relieved that he’s gone and feel a sort of satisfaction that justice was done.

On the other, I’m more than a little uncomfortable with the idea of wild celebration for the killing of anyone.

EDIT: Wow. This from an NYTimes commentor:

I wonder how many years our esteemed propagandists have been waiting to spring this one. Bin Laden has either been dead for a very long time, or his identity has been changed, or they knew where he was the whole time and stood respectfully by while his kidney disease finally caught up with him. In any case, for years they’ve been using a stand-in who doesn’t even write with the same hand. Bin Laden was never the black sheep of his family. The Bin Laden family remains good friends with the Bush family. They all make money off “the war on terror.”

EDIT 2: Forgot to post this earlier, but President Obama is cold. Dude was telling jokes just last night at the Correspondent’s Dinner.

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2 Responses to Ambivalence

  1. UT says:

    How about more ambivalence? If one was/is opposed to Guantanamo and CIA torture tactics, what does one think about them now? It appears that both (don’t know if torture was definitely involved, but it seems likely) played important roles in ultimately locating bin Laden. Do the ends justify the means?

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