Where were you when..?

Where were you when..?

Something I vividly remember my Dad telling me about was the Moon landing in 1969. He told me that he watched it with my mum and with friends, marvelling at the “Giant Leap for Mankind”. Let’s savour that giant leap for a moment, shall we?

I remember thinking that the September 11 attacks were going to be the world event that I ended up telling my kids about. I’ll tell them how tragic it was and how upset their mum and I were as we watched it together all night long on the TV. It was one of those events where you should at least remember where you were when it happened? The “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” of Generation X and Y.

Where were you when Osama bin Laden was killed?

I was in bed, fast asleep. Wasn’t me!

Osama bin Laden is dead. Good. It serves him right. I’m even willing to turn a blind eye to the lack of due process in this case – it would have been a nightmare and possibly encouraged terror blackmail to try to get him freed.

At the time of writing, the War on Terror has cost almost $1.2 trillion and taken 10 years. In that ten years countless lives have been lost and immense damage to the relations between countries and communities has been wrought. From a westerner’s perspective our champion superpower has been humbled. And in that 10 years we have come full bloody circle:

We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose

What's the difference?

I would like to add this about my admiration of Obama. He ordered the killing on Friday 29th April. The next evening, he trotted onto the stage and delivered this wonderful, funny speech that roasted his opponents and dealt with the stupidity of his opponents’ fascination over his birth certificate. He was hilarious! Were it me, I’d be too anxious about the operation going wrong, but he was cool as a cucumber.

(That’s http://youtu.be/n9mzJhvC-8E for all my Facebook readers)

So now bin Laden’s fishfood, I hope we start redoubling our efforts on space exploration, sustainable industry, balanced worldwide development. Let’s not burn our treasures on killing people – let’s invest them on things that move us out of the ever-decreasing spirals of violence and hatred, things that improve the Human condition.

Where were you when 9/11 happened?

Where were you when Osama bin Laden was killed?

Where will you be when something that fundamentally advances the cause of the Human species takes place?


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