For a good number of people here in the United States and across the world, today marks a historic moment in mankind’s history as we collectively breathe a heavy sigh of relief. An individual who has consistently terrorized innocent individuals and whole nations, committed mass murder, and waged a personal war in the name of a religion while polluting the tenants of that religion has died. Osama bin Laden and his tyranny has ended.
Barack Obama gave a presidential speech Sunday evening to announce that the al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, had been killed by heavy fire at a mansion in Pakistan, near Islamabad. Following the announcement, the internet began to go viral with commentaries on Bin Laden’s death. People began gathering to celebrate. Crowds gathered en masse in front of the White House to chant and sing, as well as in other cities.
It’s an odd occasion to celebrate a man’s death so joyfully, but when that particular man has created such heinous acts and his death means then end of his personal sphere of influence, then it tends to become understandable. The proverbial head of the snake has been cut. For my own part, I’m relieved. I would have rathered he stood trial, but I believe many knew that in the end, that would never happen.
While we may yet have difficult trials ahead of us in the future, I believe this is one step closer to bringing a resolution to those of us in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
It’s about friggin’ time, is all I can say. Even though I continue to sit on pins and needles as I await the end of the testing phase, for the first time in three months I had something to be hopeful towards in regards to the Gulf oil spill. In viewing an article earlier today about the Indian Rupee finally getting it’s own monetary symbol, I clicked to go to the home page and saw their newest article, updated a scant 11 minutes before I’d seen it.
I quickly began searchingothernewsarticles and turned on CNN to see, with my own eyes, that the camera trained on the oil spill was, for the first time, void of oil spewing forth.
I almost couldn’t believe it, and of course, sobered as I heard it could be a temporary situation as pressurization tests are underway. Ah, but that’s alright. I don’t think anyone expected such immediately positive results so quickly, especially since it’s an integrity test. What’s important right now is that true, positive progress has been made in containing the situation. I know my nerves will be on end over the next few days as I await the final results of the testing and capping of the spill and I can only hope that it remains continually positive.
Because, quite frankly, we need to be over the containment process and move on to the pressing need to turn more attention to the massive clean up and, eventually, helping more people be able to go back to work.
I know I haven’t written any journals on the issue before today, so it may seem strange with this article coming out of the blue, but just chalk it up to the fact that I suck at writing journals consistently, lol. I and my family have been very affected by the oil spill and I feel no shame in admitting that I cried today just at the thought that the spill had, for the time being at least, stopped.