Bin Laden death no reason to celebrate

May 04, 2011

Shortly after it was announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces, many people gathered outside the White House. It was after 11 p.m., and in such a short time people were coming out of the woodwork. I can only imagine if the announcement had been made during the day how many more people would be out in the streets celebrating. Even the Midshipmen at the Naval Academy came out to celebrate.

What were all these people celebrating? Sure, the most wanted terrorist in the world had finally been found and taken out. He was responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people in the 9/11 attack. Bin Laden was a monster and a menace to the world, but I think it was ugly for the citizens of this country to pour out into the streets and celebrate the way they did. We are supposed to act civilized.

I also think the commandant of the Naval Academy should never have allowed his midshipmen to come like they did and celebrate as well.

I'm glad bin Laden was killed, but what happened almost 10 years ago was a horrific thing, and to go out and celebrate like that was inappropriate. Bin Laden's death should bring back horrible memories that we will never forget. Almost 3,000 innocent people, firemen and policeman died that day. It wasn't a time to celebrate but a time to mourn, reflect and pray. These people should be ashamed of themselves. I guarantee that the families and friends of those who lost loved ones on 9/11 were not the ones out in the streets celebrating.

Mark Frank, Baltimore

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