Bin Laden? Bin Shot. - The Watchtower of Destruction: The Ferrett's Journal
Bin Laden? Bin Shot.|
A lot of us are feeling a rather savage satisfaction, over a sober satisfaction. There's reason to celebrate having finally eliminated an active danger to our country.
...but I'm right with you on the creepy level of sheer, unadulterated delight that many of my countrymen are displaying.
Goddamn, guys, show a little dignity. You're looking like the Palestinians dancing in the street after 9/11 happened, and it's just awful. There's a difference - a huge difference - between dancing a little jig of relief and satisfaction - and what's happening on FB.
I'll be over here with Ferret, recognizing that we're human enough to feel, well, savagely satisfied that the SOB is dead. Especially since, by his own children's accounts, he was a horrible human being. I just won't pretend that satisfaction makes me a better person - or that Bin Laden's death is some kind of Divine Declaration That We're Right.
... I hope that makes sense; I've taken a Percocet for a broken tooth and HEY SQUIRREL!!!
Yes, you make sense!
I agree with you on the uncomfortable parallels. I can appreciate how you might feel savage satisfaction - "savage" is a good word, actually. And I think it's important to recognize that as a savage emotion and that decent people manage savage emotions. Hence, sure, private jig. But your call for dignity is right-on, and I think would do good things to America's international image.
(Then again, I know there are strains of american patriotism that think no one ought to care what the rest of the world thinks... but that's a discussion for another day.)