As I’m sure you’ve heard, a U.S. military operation on Sunday, May 1, resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and several people who were with him, including one individual used as a human shield. President Obama gave a late night address to inform the nation, and to stress that we are not fighting a war against Islam, while reminding us that Bin Laden is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Muslims.
The problems in the world and the U.S. haven’t been solved by this event. Al Qaeda has not been defeated. There’s still an abundance of evil in the world, even if this one evil man is gone. Emotions are mixed, from what I’ve read, and ranging from joy to relief to sadness to disappointment. All of these feelings are understandable and expected; even feeling all of them at the same time is normal, and okay.
For today, save your cynicism for another site, or better yet, another day altogether. This post is not an opportunity for any of us to judge, deride or guilt anyone for what they may or may not be feeling. This is not an opportunity to paint any of your fellow Persephoneers with that broad brush we all seem to have tucked in our back pockets. Today, we’re going to respect each other unconditionally. Emotions will be running high all over the Internet, but we’re going to keep it together here. Our membership continually proves that thoughtful, compassionate people who agree on very little can still come together for a respectful and intelligent conversation. Today, especially, we need to remember that.
The rest of the day is going to run as scheduled, but we’ll post breaking news periodically if we need to. Most of today’s posts were written and scheduled before the news of Bin Laden’s death broke, and we’ve decided to go ahead with the regular schedule.
Hug the people you love today, and remind them why you love them.
We’ll see you in a few hours when we open for the day.