Nationalism: pride for one’s country. Is there a point where nationalism turns into barbarianism and blood lust? In my history class, we have been discussing World War II. Germany was a proud country, and Hitler had a strong sense of nationalism which drew people to him. They were blind to his evil; they only saw a man that wanted what he thought was best for their country.
With the death of Osama bin Laden, there seems to be a strong sense of American pride all around the country today. I was on Facebook when I found out about bin Laden’s death. Everyone’s status seemed to be related to this event. The reactions were varied, everything from “God Bless America” to “Fuck you, Osama!” Then I started to notice another trend in the statuses. There seemed to be a growing amount of hatred behind the words on the screen. I am very glad this evil is no longer on our Earth; however I am not going to celebrate the death of another human being.
What is even more disturbing to me is the fact that people are already trying to turn this into a political issue. I have seen so many things today criticizing President Obama. I am just curious as to whom everyone thinks approved the operation to kill bin Laden in the first place? Without Obama’s consent, and his efforts, the mission would have never taken place. It sickens me that people think they are being true, red-blooded Americans by hating President Obama. Personally I can’t see anything less patriotic than bashing your own president.
I don’t believe you have to agree with Obama politically, but seriously, give him his due support and credit. I also believe the men and women that have been serving overseas all of these years deserve much praise and gratitude. I feel like this act finally gives the war in Afghanistan a bit more validity. I will never be a proponent of war, but I was really starting to worry that all of these soldiers were fighting and dying in vain.
I know the death of bin Laden won’t solve everything, but I hope it eases the minds of Americans to some degree. Terror and panic has seeped into the veins of most Americans. Perhaps this death will help purge us of this intense anxiety that we hold. I think we need to stop living in fear, and live with a little optimism. Even though the opinions of many of my fellow Americans seriously worry me, I still have hope that people will eventually open their eyes and their hearts.
I’m proud of my government and military. I’m not going to bash anyone, or glorify a murder. Things are what they are. I am however going to try and live with hope and optimism for a brighter, less bloodthirsty America.
So my question for you: How do you feel about the death of Osama bin Laden? Would you say that you have a strong sense of nationalism? What are your hopes for the future?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.