Sun. May 19th, 2024

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Posted by Ken Carman for LTS readers

Written by Kate Flannery

It’s somewhat disturbing to me that so many liberals and progressives that I normally see eye-to-eye with, today I am at cross-thoughts with. Instead of a sober and multi-faceted reaction to the recent killing of bin Laden, people are whoopin’ it up in jubilation. “We won!” and “Obama rocks!” – not to be confused with Katie Couric’s statement after the Iraq invasion of – “Navy Seals rock!”

When I woke up this morning and saw the news, at first I had more of a mundane reaction. “Yes…he’s dead…and on it goes…” I understood that it was big news, and that people would be talking about it all day, but I must admit I was unprepared for what I saw around the web (and I don’t dare turn on the TV, or I’m likely to lose my lunch). Raucous celebrations in New York City, outside the White House and elsewhere. Facebook postings of a fiendishly delighted nature. Lots of blogs and columns and editorials celebrating this “momentous” occasion. That’s when my stomach started twisting.

It’s been a long ten years since we were attacked and subsequently invaded Afghanistan and continue to endlessly work our way through the Middle East. But the initial events and the never-ending aftermath from it all are not a simple story of bad guy-good guy, crime and retaliation. Neither should the reaction to any of it be. Perhaps if this killing had taken place nine or ten years ago, I could understand or even appreciate some of the reaction. But now…not so much. Some of what I’m seeing and hearing today is hypocrisy at its finest – unthinking jingoism at its height – mass-produced patriotism and a reflexive, acquiescent public – and as usual, it saddens and sickens me and puts me outside the gate of common thought.

I take what small dose of comfort I can, from the few who have written or expressed more complex reasoning and less knee-jerk thoughts and reactions. I take additional solace in knowing that I would be in good company with other like-minded individuals if they were still alive, such as:
John Lennon
Martin Luther King Jr.
George Carlin
Kurt Vonnegut

For those that are high-fivin’ and fist-thrusting and flag-waving over the recent events, they too have company to keep:
George W. Bush
Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld
Karl Rove

Perhaps a little more grace, a bit more dignity and a trifle less arrogance should be the rule of the day. If only…


By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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