HAS REPLACED OUR "YOU ARE FIRED" ATTITUDE
There I was in my office at home, which is adjacent to our family room. Many an evening is spent with me on the computer doing work for my classes and Ann, my wife, watching her favorite TV programs. We were both engaged and preoccupied with either a computer monitor or a TV monitor. Suddenly, Ann distracted me from my 31-inch screen to look at her 54-inch TV screen. NBC had broken into the last 15-minutes of Trump's Apprentice to hear an important announcement from President Obama. We both wondered what emergency or tragedy had just happened.
It wasn't long before we heard the rumor that bin Laden was dead. A few minutes more, Obama is speaking to America and the rest of the world about bin Laden's death at the hands of a commando raid by the SEAL Team 6 that had just been successfully concluded.
We sat there is a cloud-like amazement that bin Laden was finally dead after nearly a decade long manhunt for the attacks on 9/11. We were attempting to process all this as Obama stood before us with dignity and confidence and told of the raid. This is President Obama's announcement of the death of bin Laden.
At the end of his announcement, I was proud of my president who I knew before his nomination that he would win the presidential election. Then I had a momentary thought. Granted it, I'm not a presidential speech writer. Nevertheless, I thought his announcement could have begun with, "You're fired," which would have been a Trump-like way of handling this situation. However, I don't want to be on the wrong side of The Donald. It is apparent that Obama can handle both bin Laden and The Donald by trumping each in the real world or in a surreal world venue.
There was merriment by millions in America and in the world that bin Laden is dead...finally. We forget that he was responsible for the deaths of more Muslims than for killing Americans. Nevertheless, we were dancing in the streets on May 1st. Personally, I admire the guts and courage of the SEALs and their commander-in-chief who ordered the mission.
On a serious note, while I didn't dance on the streets of my neighborhood, it is understandable why some Americans were jubilant. After a decade of our lives having been changed, I celebrate the end of bin Laden's life.
However, we need to be careful and not do what has irritated us in the past when similar dancing in the Arab street occurred. They too were celebrating about some issues that they has with the West and America. How are they going to read a Mardi Gras-esque celebration in America? Thousands celebrated the deaths five US service members of two the Black Hawk helicopter in Mogadishu, Somalia. The scenes of dragging their bodies through Mogadishu is a lot different than the manner in which Obama had bin Laden buried at sea according to Muslim religious traditions.
While some within Islam's radical-right won't agree with what has happened, we need to send the Arab street of a new message about America. We aren't the arrogant Americans that Omar Bakri Mohammed of Lebanon claims, "The Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial." Huffington Post
The message that Obama sent to the American and the Arab/Muslim streets is that while we are determined and will be successful, we are going to be respectful. We want to resolve problems that lay between the two sets of streets. In addition, once we can resolve the bin Laden angst, we can work on other issues that can be seen in the streets of both sets of countries. We both need to address equality of women, the elimination of racism or ethnic dissing, and being a bit less pontificating in our relations with the rest of the world.
We as a nation haven't been honest to our people and to the people of the rest of the world. We have in the past several years attempted to get honest here and abroad. That attempt needs to be reciprocal.
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