Two posts in two days.... almost like the blog of old :-)
I was somewhat distracted by the news yesterday. First I knew of it was peoples Facebook status when I was on the computer. Osama Bin Laden dead. There was already a gag up there. "I was amazed to here Bin Laden has been taken out, on a Bank Holiday - they never sort the Bins out around here on a Bank Holiday". Ho Ho... or not. Also in my area now they do collect the bins on a Bank Holiday but that isn't important.
What is then?
My reaction to this news. Confusion. A mix of regret, sadness, anger and concern.
I was in New York on 9/11. Luckily not right in down town near the Twin Towers but close enough. I watched the smoke, I saw the first tower fall, I saw the panic, a smelt and tasted the most awful acrid smoke and dust you can ever imagine.
However somehow I feel no anger or resentment anymore to those that did this act. They were wrong but clearly they were thinking it was right, they did what they did. The USA and their allies reaction has been a war in Iraq and Afganistan that have cost far more lives than the 2,977 that were lost on that day.
To see people cheering and celebrating like at a football game just seemed wrong to me. He was just one man, a man probably no longer in charge of that organisation, well it is more a philosophy and a franchise than a structured organisation anyway.
It goes on - he gets killed and some celebrate and there are lurid tabloid headlines. More disaffected youths get radicalised as they see this as an injustice and on it goes. How will it stop? I certainly don't know but I'm not sure the news of yesterday is in anyway a significant step on that. It maybe for the healing of the USA who had never experienced attacks like that before on their soil but there will be more I'm afraid.
One thing I do believe - in the next few weeks and months I don't see the threat of attacks against the West diminishing, if anything I would reckon on a heightened risk level.