In case you have been oblivious to the world in the past 20-something hours, Osama Bin-Laden is dead. Thanks to American troops. We have been avenged after almost ten years.
I have found the most interesting thing about this to be the response in America. Thousands of people were in front of the White House last night to hear President Obama announce Osama’s death. Not only were there people storming in D.C., but there were people going crazy in Manhattan, and even here at Colgate.
I was completely surprised by the response that occurred on our campus last night. From fireworks to hearing the National Anthem played in the library. There were even people who started drinking in honor of his death, as well as numerous parties planned with an American theme–despite finals that started today.
I’m sorry. What? Is this just a Colgate thing? Why is drinking an appropriate response to this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Osama is dead, but that doesn’t mean I think we should go shotgunning beers. I thought, maybe it’s just Colgate. Maybe we are all crazy and alcohol oriented. But I am wrong. My Facebook news feed has been filled today with people relating comments of Osama’s death and America’s victory to parties that are happening later. Yes. Of course this is the right response. How stupid of me. How could I celebrate the death of such a horrible man in any other fashion?
So what does this even mean? I don’t know. I started this post thinking that I was going to right about Osama being dead, and how this is good news for Obama’s politics–he is finally getting something right. But this has instead emerged into the importance of youth.
The Egyptians as well as many other North African countries have displayed how protests and Twitter can help topple a dictator. Our supposed slacker generation now has a chance. We can step up, and show the rest of the world that the American youth can stand up for what they believe in, and get stuff done. Or we can fall off the face of the earth, doomed to be second place to those who are true not only to themselves, but to their country. If we keep drinking ourselves into oblivion every time something happens, who will stand up for what is right? The Egyptians got Mubarak out of office in 18 days. EIGHTEEN DAYS. Just think what we could do with ourselves if we even had half that motivation. We are already given so many liberties that they aren’t, and we could continue to make a difference because of this. Instead we throw themed parties and listen to Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” and call it a night. This isn’t patriotism. This is just plain sad.