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Justice Has Been Done

2011 May 4

Earlier this week, news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed during a U.S. raid in Pakistan.

The immediate reaction many Americans had was one of joy and relief. The bad guy had finally been vanquished.

President Obama said that “justice has been done.”

10 years after 9/11, the tragedy of the terrorist attack is still fresh. The events of that day affected many and have changed lives forever. I am fortunate not to be included.

I understand the cheers for what seems like a large victory, but it’s hard for me to celebrate someone’s death. News of bin Laden’s seemed surreal when I first heard it. Big news for sure, but I didn’t know how to react. It felt weird.

Many Americans definitely had strong feelings about the news though.

Here’s video from the Mets-Phillies baseball game that night as word spread amongst the fans that bin Laden had been killed:

There is a pride in that crowd; a pride for the country they love; a pride for the Americans who were lost in NYC that fateful day and for those who bravely fight in the Middle East. It is quite the sight to see. It’s sort of inspiring to see people come together through a similar emotion, though it might not be one that I share.


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