“Love you, miss you, we finally got him.”

We live in unusual times. Today’s post reflects that.

With apologies to those seeking more coverage of the wedding, or an advancer on tonight’s Met gala, we look elsewhere this evening. And an advisory, we have a few graphic images.

Sometimes I forget that these weren’t the first attacks orchestrated by Osama bin Laden.

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The victims are everywhere; Bin Laden and Al Qaeda brought death and destruction to so many places. One of their earliest attacks was the first World Trade Center bombing back in 1993.

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Another was in London, in July of 2005.

Bin Laden didn’t like being expelled from Saudi Arabia, and in 1996 he bombed a US military compound there.

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Below left, a survivor of the 1998 Nairobi bombing at the US Embassy, on the right, a man who was in New York on September 11th.

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His fingerprints are on many other crime scenes and death certificates, but for many of us the fallout from the carnage he wrought is felt most strongly in New York.

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And Shanksville.

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And Washington.

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While I can’t name every single attack he was responsible for, I do remember his words, especially these:

“We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us two.”

When the news broke last night the celebrations began almost immediately, in New York people flocked to Times Square, or Ground Zero.

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In Washington, DC they went to the White House.

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But the elation wasn’t limited to those cities, people spilled into the streets in other places, like Lawrence, Kansas.

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And Dearborn, Michigan, where Toufeq Ahmed shared his happiness at the news.

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There were a lot of flags last night, and again this morning; below, Germano Riviera with his in New York.

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People in other countries rejoiced at the news, there were signs and confetti in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

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It was the kind of celebration we hadn’t seen for a long time.

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Shared happiness unblemished by partisan bickering.

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No one cared if you came from a red state or blue state.

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But there was pathos just below the surface.

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And it was profound.

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We were reminded repeatedly just how raw the wounds are.

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Some responded with prayer, like Douglas Sidialo, who lost his sight in the 1998 Nairobi embassy bombing.

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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Gamache went to the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington.

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Our personal distaste for the lunacy of “closure” has also been revisited in the last 18 hours. Why is it such a such a touchy subject?  Because tonight the Bishundats will not see their son Kris. He was a member of the U.S. Navy killed at the Pentagon, and today his parents marked the event at that Memorial.

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Carie and Danielle Larocque won’t have their Mom this Mother’s Day.

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Multiply those stories and others like them by the thousands, that is why we don’t believe in closure. There is healing and scar tissue to help cover the wounds, but the gaping holes are never completely closed.

On days like today the signs often tell the story best.

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“Love you, Miss you Sita! We Finally Got him!”

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At a Medal of Honor ceremony today the President spoke today about our servicemen and women.

“And we’re reminded that we are fortunate to have Americans who dedicate their lives to protecting ours.  They volunteer.  They train.  They endure separation from their families.  They take extraordinary risks so that we can be safe.  They get the job done.  We may not always know their names.  We may not always know their stories.  But they are there, every day, on the front lines of freedom, and we are truly blessed.

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The sign says “Thank you US Military, Holly & Henry”

Amen to that.

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18 responses to ““Love you, miss you, we finally got him.”

  1. Touching. Another great post. You always make me cry!!!

  2. Preppy 101

    Well put Miss Princess. Thank you. xoxo

  3. It feels superfluous to comment with memories and emotion flooding .. a French headline the morning in English “We Are All American Now.” Strange that there was a moment of decrying the French and not working toward as much damn unity in the world as possible. Freedom Fries and beautiful beautiful French wines poured in the gutter … and I barely remember why.

    Last night brought a little relief, a little light to the dark memories with the NY Firemen marching to Ground Zero and all of us singing and dancing, at least in our heart.

    The hurt will never go away and we must remember all of it.

    Thank you.

  4. Lump in my throat. I never call anyone classy, but if I did use the term, it’d be for you.

  5. MCW

    Amazing post. Brought tears to my eyes…

  6. Anonymous

    your post was so touching. I cried just looking at some of the pictures. xo

  7. You may need to re-work your header to read, “Caution: Kleenex Recommended”. This is so well put – not that you aren’t always note perfect, but this so well captures what so many of us our feeling right now.

  8. (Ack – “are” feeling, not “our”. I apologize. I don’t pick spelling, apparently.) 😉

  9. Vicky

    Thank you so much; beautifully, perfectly, compassionately put together. You
    give us so much from your imagination, mind and heart!

  10. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing and making all of us pause for a moment for those who sacrificed their very lives.

  11. Oh TPP…you made me cry. Thank you for reminding us all. Sniff.

  12. Posts rarely make me emotional but this post made me cry. It was beautiful.

  13. I am unable to celebrate justice via death, but I certainly honor, wholeheartedly, each and every image you put up today.

    And I deeply value your commentary on events in life.

    xo

  14. TippyL

    What Agatha said.

    I was a little put off by confetti-throwing and the “eff yeah America!” vibe I got from watching some newscasts. I’m glad he got what he deserved, but I cannot rejoice in any killing. It did make me cry, seeing the photos of 9/11. Especially because I’m not on US soil at the moment, it makes me miss America more. That day is burned into our collective psyche and I’m glad to put an end to the leader of that brand of hatred.

    But killing him & rejoicing in it will not stop the insidious terrorism he’s bred in others. So I will hold my breath a little longer.

    Thank you, TP, for always, always having such a way with words & photos.

  15. Very appropriate. I chose yesterday to silently honor those whose lives have been lost at the hands and minds of the evil man who orchestrated the acts that caused the deaths and to also honor the very brave men and women fighting the war that rages and fighting for the freedoms and liberties (like writing on this blog) that we all have and that are pure luxuries that we all take for granted. It was a bittersweet day, not a victorious day; there is so much unrest, so much discord and so much work to be done, it is almost impossible to wrap my head around it. It is important we get reminded of the past to keep us vigilant of how we want it to shape our future.

  16. Thank you Princess for this very poingnant post. It brought tears to my eyes.
    Killing Bin Laden won’t bring my dearest friend back, but somehow 10 years of certain type of sadness has suddenly lifted.
    I’m so proud of our Navy SEALs and all of our special ops troups and our CIA officers who risk so much and do it all in anonymity.

  17. Truly beautiful post, TPP! Thank you!

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