Celebrating Bin Laden's Death and the Return of the Knowable World

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  1. replqwtil says:

    A nostalgic figure like Bin Laden just gives a momentary glimmer of purpose behind the whole blind thing…

  2. jeffdowd says:

    You mention not considering whether the celebrating was wrong or right. So, I’ll take a quick stab at it. I think it’s wrong, but in two different ways. The first your article alludes to – it allows an oversimplification of geopolitics. That same oversimplification is, in part, to blame for early public support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and chants of USA!USA! that accompanied the early bombing. The currently disinterested phase of both these wars/occupations may be a result of their complexity and inability to fit into the action movie script (upon which i’m convinced our foreign policy is based).
    Secondly, a bit of reality must poke through the Reality TV and Cable News mist of stupidity that blankets our nation. Certainly my fellow citizens realize that this shares nothing in common with the end of World War II. If so, they are celebrating murder and only murder. Of course, we could say he deserved it, the world is better without him etc. That’s all well and good but shouldn’t the need to kill be accompanied with a little sobriety and certainly not celebration? Then again, a quick look at history (like public lynchings etc.) should remind us that gleeful violence has long been a part of civilization.

  3. azizi says:

    The use of “black” as symbolical of evil and “white” as symbolical of good is problematic for reasons which should be obvious.

    Also, I’m wondering if there has been any documention of the percentage of African Americans and other People of Color in the United States who joined in those public celebrations of bin Ladin’s death. Whether we participated or not doesn’t address our [People of Color’s] feelings about bin Ladin or that death, but it might speak to our attitudes about the public displays of those feelings.

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