Sense of Relief at Osama’s Death
With the death of Osama Bin Laden after all these years of relative freedom, the immediate effect on both our lives and our collective American spirit is one of joy and cautious optimism. Bin Laden’s heinous actions on the days leading to September 11, 2001, caused all of us to feel a sense of helplessness and rage. Now with his death, we have the knowledge that justice was served despite the fact that those who died so tragically on that day, are never coming back except in vivid images of those last hours in their lives.
When I first heard the news of Bin Laden’s death, I went outside of my building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and sang quietly to myself, "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead, Which Old Witch, The Osama Witch!" I sought out my fellow New Yorkers to share the news of this evil man’s death but, my neighborhood was quiet during those late hours.
Dr. Vince Pellegrino has PhDs in educational theater and drama therapy from New York University and is a board-certified psychotherapist in New York City and Connecticut. He teaches communications at Hofstra University. He is currently working on a book, Gay Communication Game, about "Gayspeak"; an interactive TV program featuring real-time therapy sessions is in development. Go to his website for more information.
Not true for Times Square and the area around the site of the World Trade Center, where similar songs were sung but with much more gusto and fervor.
A sense of personal contentment and nationalistic pride flooded over me in those moments, as if I was jumping into the waves of my favorite beach on a beautiful sunny day.
I felt released in some spiritual way similar to what I would suppose was felt by those Americans who celebrated following the surrender of the Japanese on those last days of World War II. A day that most assuredly brought back images for many then of the days of Pearl Harbor, when our nation was unexpectedly attacked on a beautiful sunny day on December 7, 1941, similar to that day on September 11, 2001.
Now with the death of this evil man who evaded capture for almost ten years "thumbing his nose in our faces" the entire time, we feel released of the frustration of our great nation being ridiculed by this coward. It was if someone was pressing his shoe against our faces and shaming us with our inability to find and capture him.