Posts tagged war on terror

Sometimes a Little Bloodlust is in Order

Amid all the ululation and praise for great men in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s assassination, a few killjoys have emerged to shame us for celebrating a man’s death. We are not barbarians! Oh yes we are. Usually that’s a bad thing. But if there is ever a time when we should give ourselves license to surrender to our animal selves and dance on the grave of an enemy, this is it.

I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

President Barack Obama • In his speech tonight, announcing that a U.S. special operation had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The President takes a very good tact here in distancing bin Laden and his organization from the Muslim community writ large. His reminder that bin Laden had himself killed many Muslims in service of his terror campaigns (and within our nation, as well, with many Muslims killed on 9/11) is an important one, too often lost in recent politicking. Even amidst what looks like broad jubilation domestically at the news, it’s important to keep the celebrating a positive thing, not something that turns at all ugly on our Muslim brethren. The President clearly wanted to short circuit that, as best he could, by emphasizing solidarity. source (viafollow)

This was to me the most significant part of an overall excellent and historic speech. 

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Our president is a bad ass. 

Our president is a bad ass. 

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