Sunday, May 8, 2011

This has been a strange week for all citizens of the world. One week ago everyone was ogling pictures of the royal wedding that united Prince William and Kate Middleton in holy matrimony. Just a few days later, a ten year saga came to a close. Osama Bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy Seals at his home of five years in Abottabad, Pakistan. Twitter and Facebook exploded with Tweets and profile updates. The United States of America breathed a collective sigh of relief. The world looked to us for a reaction, and we didn't disappoint. People filled the streets to show their jubilation. A stadium full of people in Philadelphia stopped shouting expletives at each other long enough to break into chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!” According to a story on NPR, teenagers and twenty-somethings took to the streets in Newark, Delaware to vent their emotions. Just imagine you're a twenty year-old in 2011. You would have been ten years-old when the planes struck the World Trade Center. That would have been the most historically momentous occasion of your young life. Almost ten years later, the man who personified that day was dead. How would you have reacted? Don't judge, just take a deep breath and swallow any comments that come into your throat. In 2001, George W. Bush told us “Let's Roll.” In 2011, I say “Let's move on.”