Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we got him.
I’m glad we don’t have to worry about his next evil plan.
But we have to worry about his followers.
And I worry that we’ve woken a sleeping giant. Have we?
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf told Reuters today that al Qaeda supporters may take revenge against the United States and Pakistan.
And with celebrations taking place across the country and newspaper headlines screaming — “WE GOT THE BASTARD!” “BURN IN HELL!” and “GOT HIM (SHOT HIM)” — I can’t help but question whether this is all right.
Is it right for our children? What are they learning from our reaction?
And for those parents with kids old enough to understand, how are you telling them?
I’m glad my children, ages 3 and 18 months, are too young to understand because I’m not sure what I’d say. I don’t know that I’d encourage them to chant “U-S-A” and blast songs, such as “I’m proud to be an American.”
While I am proud to be an American, the slaying of Osama bin Laden doesn’t bring back the thousands of people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
It won’t change the way we live our lives today. We’ll still go through stringent security measures before boarding airplanes and entering courthouses. We’ll fill out additional paperwork to help ensure our kids are safe in school. We’ll go through metal detectors and be asked to show the “appropriate identification, ma’am” again and again.
We won a battle, but the War on Terror will still continue. And it’s something our children will fight, too, one day.
I’m worried for them. And we should be concerned about the message we are sending.
An eye for an eye doesn’t equal 20/20 vision. It’s a swap, a trade, and it makes everything in front of you a bit blurry.