Americans exuberant over bin Laden death
It’s all over the news, guys! You’re having a collective orgasm over the death of bin Laden. The best news, of course, is that Gary Weddle, a guy you don’t give a shit about, will finally be able to shave off his beard. We did it!
Seriously though, I’m not an American (despite what some of you may think), so the events of September 11th admittedly didn’t have the same impact on me. While I deplore the deaths of all those innocent people, they are no different to me than the hoards being massacred each day because of sectarian conflict. Americans were exposed to a reality much of the world faces: the grim specter of planned mass killings.
So the jubilation of the folks down south doesn’t surprise me too much. I imagine there are a lot of families that felt a certain degree of closure, but once the adrenaline rush was over, they probably felt sad just thinking about their loved ones again.
For my part, that auspicious day got me to reflect on the fact that 9/11 did in some way change my world. If those 11 hijackers hadn’t murdered 3000 Americans by the strength of their ideological world view, I suppose I wouldn’t have taken such an interest in atheism in the first place. It was a pretty harsh wake-up call that the superstitious nonsense of religion has no place in the modern world.