I read so many articles in less than 48 hours. I read so many tweets and facebook comments. I also read few blogs from my classmates at wordpress page. Almost every thing I read was summarize in one sentence: Osama Bin Laden was killed last Sunday by U.S forces. I variation from that sentence would be: are the country safe?; who was Osama Bin Laden, my kids asked me or his DNA was tested and they confirmed it was him.
Probably because I’m not American, in my opinion the coverage is totally sensationalist. I agree that it is big news and I agree that social media break the news, especially Twitter (first) and Facebook.. I got very impress with the article “How the social web reflected on Bin Laden’s Death , shared by my classmate Ama Simone Miller.
I even found and twitter (unfortunately in Portuguese – Reuters) about a guy who post on his Twitter that he thought that it was weird that he could hear an helicopter night time on top of his house, and later he also post on his twitter that he heard a very loud noise (it was bomb). After posting on his twitter his impression about what he was hearing, he found out that Osama Bin Laden was killed. He was the first one to break the news. He didn’t know until president Obama made his speech.
“Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores. And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people. The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place. Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. US President Barack Obama gives a statement confirming the death of Osama Bin Laden”.
“We are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to”. WHATEVER WE SET OUR MIND TO? I guess, I got troubled with President Obama speech because his speech represent to me authoritarianism as regards the power, as if the United States were above God (I have no religion). Represents to me, new colonialism, which dominates political and economic power.
That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place. Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. I remember I read before, long time ago, about history, and I’m not going to be able to cited exactly what I read, but it was related with the fact that U.S sent arms to several Middle Eastern countries, many years ago because it was convenient for to country. They trained people in Middle East and when it wasn’t more convenient, the partner turned enemy. I’m not defending Osama Bin Laden or any terrorist attack. I’m just thinking that the discussion about the death of Osama Bin Laden and their coverage should be more profound. It should be more political. It should be regarded as political and economic power. What I have read are only superficial information announcing his death. (a good example would be Michael Moore books, even if you like him or not, – Fahrenheit 9/11 -).
I also thought it was interesting an article I read by Bonnie Rochman “Mommy, who was bin Laden” How to talk to young children about terrorism. On that article, she said “Osama was a bad guy who hated America. Bad guys, kids get. And her kids reply her: “what is a bad guy?” (…) Her kids asked her “how many more people are left in bin Laden’s group? Are the people in his group going to kill more people? Are they going to kill us? Can we move to another country that’s not America?”. She also said on her article “We teach our children that two wrongs don’t make a right but apparently sometimes they do: because al-Qaeda killed 2,974 people, is it right to assassinate its leader?”. And her 6-year-old said “Even if you get really mad, you don’t kill a person,” Shira, my 6-year-old, commented after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January. But now I was adding a vengeful postscript, signaling that sometimes, killing is actually okay. It is very tough to be a child. So much doesn’t make sense. You don’t have to kill people if you’re mad,” Shira observed, referring to bin Laden’s decision to target bond traders and cooks and insurance representatives and janitors, not to mention moms and dads. “You just have to use your words.”
I understand that it is a big deal for the United States and the world that Osama Bin Laden was killed. He was a terrorist. He killed so many people but if we go to politics, many innocent people died too. One example would be Vietnam War, Golf War, Afghanistan War. I just think the coverage of Osama Bin Laden is too much sensationalist. In my opinion, what is behind all of those things are politics, economy and power.