Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where were you when you got the news.....?

The capture and execution of Osama bin Laden on Sunday may have been a triumph for our military, but it was also a godsend for editors of newspapers such as the New York Daily News, which now can lead with stories on bin Laden for a few more days.

But, to the question at hand. Where were you when you learned of bin Laden's death?

For this writer, I was stretched out on my sofa, trying to stay awake during the Mets-Phillies game on ESPN. Play-by-play announcer Dan Schulman spoke to the television audience and said that there was some "breaking news", and invited viewers to flip over to ABC (ESPN's corporate cousin) if they were so inclined. Mere moments later, a chant of "USA! USA! USA!" broke out at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, as word spread like wildfire.

There are people already predicting that President Obama will earn a 2nd term in office next year as a result. Problem is, a lot can happen between now and then. Worse, you can believe that there are forces in Al-Qaeda looking to fill the power vacuum left by bin Laden's passing, and carry on his mission of hate against our country. Long story short, while we've cut off the head, shall we say, the body isn't ready to follow.

Instead, Al-Qaeda can be considered a real-life Hydra. Like the mythical serpent, if you cut off one head, two or more will take its place, ensuring that the battle will rage on.

Interestingly, the WWE found a creative way to reference the death of bin Laden. Newly crowned champion John Cena addressed the fans after the Extreme Rules pay per view had ended, and told the audience that bin Laden had been captured and "compromised to a permanent end". With a lot of children in the audience, WWE didn't want to use the word "kill" and frighten the young ones. That's understandable. It also made the next night's Monday Night Raw even more eventful. They'd already scheduled a birthday party for former champion turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ("Fast Five"), and now there was another reason to celebrate. They had Johnson lead the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance after former ring announcer Lillian Garcia, visiting for the evening, sang the National Anthem. If anything, for all of his faults, Vince McMahon is a bit of a jingoistic patriot.

I've read comments from a number of people the last two days that stated they were afraid of possible reprisals. Again, it's understandable. Some of those same people want our troops to finally come home, and that may yet happen. That's still the President's call to make. Still, as a nation we cannot let our guard down just because bin Laden's gone. It's still a long way to September........

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