so i'm here on my day off avoiding the vacuuming and wondering whether i can think up something to put here and what happens but osama bin laden is announced dead.
my initial reaction is great annoyance with australians not directly effected by his acts who breathlessly announce it on facebook as if they are watching a western and the bad guy has been shot.
my next reaction is to think that the great jubilation is senseless due to the fact that terrorism wont be going anywhere anytime soon, dont these people realise that he will have legions of followers ready and able to step into his position?
soon after i realise that while i still think that the world will see very little change after this i might sound a bit insensitive to the intelligence people, special forces and service people who risked life and limb in the pursuit of justice. not for a second would i want to minimise the efforts of those people. nor would i want to disregard the loss and suffering caused by bin laden and his followers.
then i hear president obamas announcement of bin ladens death wherein he states that this outcome proves that the US is the greatest nation in the world. the rage is back! the US is one of, if not the most, overtly Christian nation in the world, do they not understand that pride and gloating of that nature is totally the opposite of Christ's message? america is undoubtedly the most powerful nation on earth and that is one of the reasons they should not need to say so.
do americans not understand that this is why the world regard them as idiots? powerful but stupid. and arrogant.
(i'm going to enjoy using this line) some of my best friends are americans and there are exceptions to every rule but the arrogance is astounding. and now bin laden is a martyr. even in victory, the US has in a sense, lost. bin laden has got exactly what he wanted.
these are just my initial thoughts and i reserve the right to refine them or change them entirely but for the moment let me say that i see no victory in this day. i just see the beginning of more of the same and i am sorry