Osama Bin Laden Is Dead: Now What?

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead: Now What?
May 2, 2011 Leslie Juvin-Acker

Photo Credit: Josh Pesavento

Osama Bin Laden is dead. This news has made thousands of Americans fill the streets with joy knowing that the main man responsible for one of America’s largest terrorist attacks in history is dead. Now that he is dead and that surely, his death will send a loud and clear message to terrorists that Americans will not stop until mission is accomplished in avenging attacks on the American way of life, what do we do now?

At this point, it’s important to reflect the damage that has been done to the American families and the other peoples affected by Al Qaeda around the world such as those he had declared war on in Pakistan; Families who have suffered the wrath of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda’s strategic and hateful war and attacks on their lives. The loss, the death, the anger, and the mourning that touched their very core of being.

As I sat alone, opening myself to the feelings of the world and I just wept, feeling the grief of those who have lost someone they loved at the hands of people with weapons and hate in their heart. I also felt the joy and relief of these people who feel like justice has been done to avenge their loss and the hope of those who have worked to dismantle the web of hate and violence so that this will not be the end of justice being served.

At this point, it’s important to give thanks to those who risked their lives at every stage to bring down a man who has funded senseless war and trained children to put down their toys and innocence and take up arms and blind hate.

Right now, we should put our politics aside and simply reflect. Reflect why ten years later justice has been served. Reflect how we all felt when the Twin Towers were destroyed; when we saw the faces of those struggling to live after the loss of their loved ones; when we let go of our friends, husbands/wives, fathers/mothers, and sons/daughters so that they could go into battle and ensure our security. Reflect thoughtfully on the type of world that you’d like to live in from today on. Envision a world where men like Osama Bin Laden put down their anger and their weapons and choose peaceful ways of spreading their ideas.

Before we continue making assumptions and judgements, let’s take a long, silent moment to reflect and clear our minds and ultimately open them to love and compassion and allow this victory to serve reminder of our continued freedom and power to choose not violence as a means of conversion.

What does Osama Bin Laden’s death mean to you? What were you initial reactions? After careful reflection, how do you feel now?

Photo Source: Josh Pesavento


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