In no particular order, my thoughts:
I'm happy and relieved for the people who lost friends, family and co-workers in 9/11 who will hopefully find some sort of closure from this news.
I'm afraid of Bin Laden's martydom being catalyst for more aggression against North America.
I'm conflicted because I don't usually believe that justice for taking life should involve taking more life, especially without due process, but in this case, a big part of me is willing to give it a pass, just this time.
I'm irritated with people screaming 'America, Fuck Yeah' and 'Hooray for the good guys!' like we've won some kind of pissing contest. It's not the Olympics. It's not the bloody Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's life and death. It's not just about one man, it's about the memories of thousands lost, on both sides of the fence. Let's show a little decorum so we can at least hold ourselves to a higher standard than those people who celebrated and rioted in the streets when the World Trade Center fell.
I'm apathetic because I know this is merely a symbolic victory. Bin Laden's capture and subsequent death won't end terrorism, it won't end the blood spilt over conflicting ideologies. This is a continuation of an ongoing cycle of violence with no end in site.
I'm still more than a little amused with the fact that Barack Obama's address cut into the end of Celebrity Apprentice. Suck it, Trump.
Yeah, so all in all.. don't know how I feel. There have been a few choice things I've read around the interwebs that addressed it nicely:
Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix - The Stay-At-Home Feminist Mom
Osama Bin Laden is dead. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy. - Jill at Feministe
The world breathes a sigh of relief that the foremost terrorist leader has been eliminated, and rightly so, but let's not lose sight of temperance and grace. This is far from over and the actions we take and the words we speak today will color what happens in the future. - Everything I like Causes Cancer
ten years ago, i may have felt different.and this which has been going around Facebook:
ten years ago, i may have felt a bit of righteous and well deserved retribution.
ten years ago, i may have felt that good triumphed over evil...
ten years ago, i would have felt that we struck a huge blow to the terrorists.
i may have felt that we knew where they were and were coming for them.
revenge is a dish that is best not served.
it is a dish that is best a lost recipe.
today this feels
like a lie.
a hide the weenie.
a slight of hand. - Bruce's Evil Twin at Stupid Stuff I See and Hear
I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure - Mark Twain