Inquiring minds want to know the answers to these questions.
Why is VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), on May 8 a holiday in Massachusetts and not April 30?
Why did millions of Americans take to the streets on the day in 1945 when the Germans surrendered and not on the day that Hitler died?
Why were Americans celebrating in the streets Sunday night when we still have a long way to go to win the war on terror?
Why were the talking heads on TV Sunday night claiming that bin Laden’s death was a “decisive” victory in the war on terror?
Don’t get me wrong. I am very happy Osama bin Laden is dead. I had a friend who died at the World Center in New York City on 9/11. You can read about that in the post I wrote Monday. Also, I am very confident that bin Laden’s death will save thousands of lives. I am proud of our well trained military, especially the Navy SEALs. I am happy we finally have a commander in chief who was a strong enough leader to pull this off. President Obama was able to get to something important done in two years that President Bush couldn't do in eight. [See photos of reactions to Osama bin Laden's death.]
So why am I not celebrating. It was hard for me to celebrate Sunday night because...
...I was thinking about the death of my friend.
...I am worried that there certainly will be attacks in retaliation for bin Laden’s death that might kill hundreds or thousands of Americans.
...I think that it will take years to destroy all the al Qaeda cells spread across the world.
...I am sure the terror will continue as long as we don’t address the underlying causes of terrorism which include the conflict between Israel and Palestine. [See a slide show of six potential terrorist targets.]
We still have a lot of work to do before we celebrate Victory over Terrorism Day. But I guess I’m just a glass half empty kind of guy.