September 11, 2011

08:46:30 - Ten Years Ago

Only Time - Enya
Footnote - May 1, 2011
I put this post together earlier in the year when I had rediscovered this recording. I remember thinking, this will be the ten year anniversary of 9/11 and so little has been resolved or done, and it saddened me.
Today, tonight, it was announced that Osama Bin Laden was found, and killed, evidently by a U.S. strike force.
A friend tweeted, "No cheers for murder. Of anyone. Ever." I agree with that wholeheartedly and am disheartened by the aggrandizing of so many over this; however:
The professed and confessed assassin of thousands of innocent people is gone, and I don't feel sad about that.


  1. may they all rest in peace; may we all live in peace.

  2. I probably am in the minority of your readers, but I'm thrilled that Osama Bin Laden is dead and that he was killed by U.S. troops! He didn't deserve to live. I don't see anything wrong in rejoicing that an extremely evil man is dead.


  3. Sir, i share Your sentiment; hatred only blackens the souls of those who feel it, but i don't mourn his passing, either.

    "The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies."

    TERRY WAITE, London Guardian, Feb. 20, 1992

  4. Fitting tribute, David.

    The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.
    ~Arthur Schopenhauer

  5. Kitty, I certainly understand your feelings and it is not my place to offer any rebuke, but dancing in the streets over the death of OBL is no different than their dancing in the streets after the 9-11 attack. But as I said, I am glad he is no longer around to menace the world.

  6. Thank you all for your comments, it is a day for reflection and recollection. Hopefully it is the worst we will ever have seen.

  7. My husband worked for a time in the World Trade Center so even though we were far away it felt very personal. I was sleeping at the time of the attack and my husband woke me and together we watched the second plane fly into the next building. I couldn't comprehend it.

    When President Obama announced with pleasure that they had killed Osama bin Laden I remember thinking that I was glad an evil person had been caught but it seemed odd too that we were celebrating a murder. But, I think that is my idealism showing up. After all, what were the chances of capturing him and putting him on trial?