As most of you probably know by now, Osama bin Laden has been reported dead. I just watched the President's address to the nation, and it was actually a very good speech. Thanks to high-definition TV, I could really see the solemnity and sincerity in his expression marked by the subtlest smile of triumph.
I can't imagine being in the President's position - committed wholeheartedly to protecting his country but, in doing so, is forced to decide someone's fate. One life in exchange for thousands. It seems like such a simple equation given all that Bin Laden has done - and don't get me wrong, it is certainly a relief not to be living in fear of his next move - but hardly anything is as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to decisions about life and death. Perhaps that's because those decisions aren't really ours to make... But that's a discussion for another day.
I don't want to get too political on here. There is a lot that I don't know, but what I do know is that this is sure to be the most memorable moment of Obama's presidency. When our children's children read about President Obama in their history books (online, I'm sure) and when they are tested on the details of his term, this is going to be what they remember. This day - marked by achievement, recompense, and moral conflict - is our V-J Day. Justice has been served, one way or another, and it has been a decade in the making.
I think the question to ask now is, where do we go from here?
May God be with our President, our troops, and all the world leaders - right after a victory is sometimes when we are our most vulnerable.
<3 Mrs. G
P.S. Feel free to share your reactions below. You've heard my opinion, so I would love to know yours.