On Osama bin Laden and Indifference

Like many people, I got up this morning, checked the news websites, and saw that something world-changing happened overnight.

Osama bin Laden was dead.

And I was utterly indifferent to it.

Oh, I read articles on a half-dozen sites, from straight news to instant commentary. And I coudln’t really make myself care.

I thought briefly of writing something snarky on Facebook along the lines of “In 2001 President Bush learned that bin Laden was determined to strike in the US; in 2011 the world learned the US was determined to strike at bin Laden” — a reference to George Bush’s stated indifference to locating bin Laden.

But. The death of the head of al-Qaeda, the man behind the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington, wasn’t a time for partisan snark.

Something else, too. History went off the rails a decade ago; bin Laden’s death doesn’t undo that derailment. The people killed in New York, Washington, in Afghanistan and Iraq — bin Laden’s death doesn’t bring them back.

I feel neither happy nor sad about yesterday’s events.

Just indifferent.

Maybe that’s the right attitude.

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