“I want everybody to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.” ~Garson Kanin
Almost 10 years after September 11, 2001, when terror reigned over New York City, Washington D.C. and rural Pennsylvania, a cry for justice could be heard across the nation like the waves of an approaching tsunami. Like a bolt of lightning people were struck with shock, panic, fear and patriotism. There was even a sense of surrealism. The streets were filled with waves of emotions and chaos. One thing was clear there was NOTHING to celebrate or cheer about.
Questions of who, what, when, where and how grew over the years so has the superficial ways individuals manage to profit from tragedy. From selling the horrific images of ground zero or souvenirs of the former New York skyline to visitors and tourists finding some sort of amusement in using their cameras or mobile phones just to have photos of a grave site as a souvenirs.
At 11:35 Sunday evening, President Barack Obama addresses the nation. Confirming U.S. conducted an operation that has led to the death of Osama bin Laden. People swarmed around the White House and ground zero raising US flags, shouting & singing their joy of Bin Laden’s death. All of this being televised nationally and internationally, as well as the flood of posts/images all over the internet of this “great victory.”
I’m not saying I’m not relieved to hear the news. In fact, at first when receiving word of this shocking news, my hopes where please do not let this be a cruel joke. As I flip through tweets & other digital channels to get the facts, reality began to set in… Yes I too felt patriotic. Watching people cheering and celebrating at ground zero and in front of the White House with a narcissistic sense of pride. Quietly I sat torn between justice and worry.
Shouldn’t we as a nation humble ourselves to hold a candle light vigil in silence for the many lives lost and be in prayer? No matter what religion or spirituality an individual practices. The news of the death of Osama bin Laden is fresh, the questions that arises… What will happen to us now? What effect will his death have on our President, our country and our allies?
This is the time to be in prayer for God to guide and protect this country, the U.S. Diplomatic embassies and the political representatives of these countries.
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