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May 2nd, 2011
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Angels, Timbrels, and Osama bin Laden

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From:fantasyenabler
Date:May 3rd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
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(and summoning fake MLK quotes to back up their holier-than-thou attitudes).

Yes, thank you! If you're genuinely a follower of the man's teachings and tenets, then you can quote him. But the people who use this quote are obviously not true followers. They're just using him to give false backing to their own opinions.

(Which in its own way is just as bad as the people who celebrate MLK day as "James Earl Ray" day. Which makes me want to punch people...which is a tangent for another day...)

We can be simultaneously cheering the end of a threat to our people and regretting the necessity of human life lost. In fact, we can't help feeling more than one thing at a time.

Excellent point, and again, the people who miss this are performing the type of oversimplification and generalization they accuse the average American of performing. Not saying it doesn't happen, but if you're going to pretend to be "above it all," then you should actually be above it all.

I feel like some small part of the cloud that has hovered over my city for almost 10 years has been lifted.

And that's another point people are missing, about how it doesn't really matter how relevant or irrelevant he'd become to the world at large. He was still very relevant to the American people, particularly the people who were victimized by his actions and the people who've made sacrifices as a result of the terror he unleashed.

For instance, I woke up yesterday morning to see that my Facebook Newsfeed had became awash with posts from many of my military and former military friends and relations. And even as they gave each other Hell, they were all jubilant, all sharing in the sense of accomplishment, all happy that there was something they could finally stick a pin into after all this time. (It went like this: Navy-"We got him; y'all didn't!" Army, Air Force, and Marines-"Who the Hell do you think gathered the Intel? It wasn't you sailors!"[The CIA does a lot of their "gathering" by feeding off of military info.])

So, relevant or not, important or not, it matters. And while I didn't have any desire to go down to the White House, or even post on Facebook, I can totally understand the motivations of the people who did. And I can be happy for them.




From:fantasyenabler
Date:May 3rd, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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"became awash"=become awash.

Ack, I don't text as well as my students do. :)
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
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And while I didn't have any desire to go down to the White House, or even post on Facebook, I can totally understand the motivations of the people who did. And I can be happy for them.

Amen. There's a really good piece in the Times today about the variety of reactions in NYC. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/nyregion/joy-at-bin-ladens-death-is-mixed-with-sober-reflection.html?ref=nyregion

It made me cry a few times. One of the people they profile is a rescue worker dying from 9/11 related illness. He says he's glad bin Laden died before he did. Who can blame him?



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