Originally published May 2, 2011. I am posting this again in remembrance of this day in World history.
I am about to write a piece that simply needs to be written. I know where it starts. The ending unclear as of yet. However, I know wherever it goes I must write it. Please be advised that what you are about to read may invoke strong emotions. This can not be helped, for it is these emotions that bring on healing. Emotions caused me to begin writing after the death of my grandfather. The Nation’s healing starts today.
Late last night the World received news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. A wicked evil man whom brought great pain and suffering upon far too many is now dead.
I, Like so many others in America, recall exactly where I was on September 11th when I heard the news. The Towers fell. Where were you when the World stopped turning?
Still today, those emotions come flooding back when I think about the horror that was brought down on my beloved Country by the actions of one man. The anger. The outright hatred. The need for revenge. The sadness. The pain. The tears. The empathy for those families who lost loved ones that day. All these emotions and more were felt all across the Nation on that September day.
Do you recall September 12th? I do. I remember the ground swell feeling of National Pride in the Country. The unity of purpose we felt on that day. It was a great feeling. Unfortunately, far too many people fell back asleep and quickly forgot about it all. I, for one, did not fall asleep and neither has our Military.
It was truly the 12th of September that the World, more specifically the United States, was forever changed by the actions started by one man. Some think this change happened on September 11th. No, the Country was in total shock on the 11th.
Today, on the 2nd of May, the day after US Soldiers delivered Justice to Osama Bin Laden on behalf of The United States of America, those emotions begin to well up again. This time the feeling is bitter sweet. For today we have conflicting emotions. Today is a jubilant, celebratory day for the people of the United States. The man behind the largest attack on the United States of America since Pearl Harbor has finally been delivered justice for his actions.
Listening to the news coverage and hearing the chants of USA! USA! USA! brings me mixed emotions. I am proud of our people coming together on one issue. Together with unity of purpose. Celebrating the spilling of blood. The death of a very wicked man. This image in my head has me upset. Not that Bin Laden is now dead, but rather because I recall this same jubilant celebratory behavior exhibited by terrorist extremest when the Towers fell.
Ezekiel 33:11 (New King James Version)
11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
Justice has been done. As the Father in Heaven takes no pleasure in the death, neither should we.
It is not the job of the soldier to judge a man’s evil deeds. It is the soldier’s job to arrange the evil man’s meeting with God. For all shall stand before God and await Judgment.
God bless the United States Military. We are truly blessed to have such fine men and women standing guard that We might sleep worry free. I salute you.