Americans Right to Celebrate Osama bin Laden’s Death

Jubilation is exactly the reason bin Laden hated us in the first place. What better way to mark his death.

By SHARE

Osama bin Laden was unarmed. Don’t care.

Women were, or were not, used as human shields and died as a result. Again, don’t care.

His burial wasn’t “really” in the Muslim tradition. Not sure it would be possible to care less. Pretty sure what I would have done would have been far less civilized.

Finally, Americans celebrating in streets was a bad thing. [See photos of reactions to Osama bin Laden's death.]

Really?  Somehow we should feel bad because we may have offended some for rejoicing at his death? Give me a break!

This man is responsible for mass murder of the worst kind. There are children without parents, parents without children. A skyline is forever changed. Grandmothers are getting patted down and newborns are out of luck when it comes to breast milk if it’s not coming directly from the source. The world will never go back to how it was on September 10, 2001. All of these changes are because of him. His death won’t change things back, but celebrating his demise is something all Americans--heck everyone around the world--should be allowed to do with impunity. [See a transcript of Obama's speech on bin Laden death.]

The beauty of the demonstrations was in their diversity. On television there were images of all kinds of people rejoicing spontaneously at the death of a man who has caused so much pain. All colors, genders, religions, political ideologies and my guess is sexual orientations, took to the streets on Sunday. What’s more American than that?  And when was the last time we saw such unity for the purposes of jubilation?

Unlike the anti-American demonstrations often seen on television overseas, these were not directed at a group of people or an ideology. These demonstrations came from the heart. To those who thought they were inappropriate, that’s your problem, not ours. Anything short of a celebration minimizes the sacrifices of our military and the risks taken by those brave Navy SEALs, plain and simple. [See a slide show of six potential terrorist targets.]

Is America still at risk? Absolutely. Everyone must remain vigilant. But nearly 10 years later, thousands of lives lost either on the day or in subsequent wars, with an economy remaining firmly in the toilet, America certainly earned this celebration. After nearly 3,400 days and nights since that awful September morning, taking to the streets for a few hours in jubilation was our God-given right. It’s exactly the reason bin Laden hated us in the first place. What better way to mark his death.

  • See photos of reactions to Osama bin Laden's death.
  • See a slide show of six potential terrorist targets.
  • See a transcript of Obama's speech on bin Laden death.
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