He has been the face of evil, threat and terror. That what caused death, destruction, instability, harm, terror and war.
I lived in the US when the towers fell, and by chance I was not where I was supposed to be – at a meeting at the Mercer Hotel in Manhattan, a short distance from Ground Zero. As a matter of fact, when the second tower fell, I was on the phone with my co-worker and friend, who went there in my place and got trapped on the island for a few days.
And I was there to witness a country going from a state of over-confidence to shock, grief, anger and – reaction. I remember the speeches of George W Bush and the call to consume as a civic duty. And I witnessed everyone going shopping after Thanksgiving day – and beyond. I recall the events being set in motion – Afghanistan and the Iraq war, as well as the stalling economy and the frenzy to get it going again.
Osama bin Laden, the face of evil, the threat to health, prosperity, stability, material welfare and everything the American way of life stood for: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…..”
He was the killer of innocence and as long as he was on the loose there was no way to forgive and move on. As long as he was alive, security felt threatened and compromised.
President Obama has decided to remove the bogeyman now and called for the spirit of unity in the first few days after 9/11. It is good news, because it will allow the war on terror to be ended and enable the administration to concentrate on the real issues at hand – to correct the course from a path to promote consumption, to a road of spearheading compassion.
The renaissance of a nation founded by mystics.