America the Bewildered

Note: This entry is past its prime but wanted to still put this out there. Just my opinion.

When the World Trade towers fell I was a freshman in high school. I was sitting in my English class with Ms. Peterson, who was a young teacher all the boys drooled over. Some of my peers had gone to the library and on their way back they had heard what happened. Once they informed us of what was happening, Ms. Peterson turned on ABC. While we were watching, a plane flew into the Pentagon. Mrs. Peterson`s father was working in the Pentagon at the time. She became panicked and left the room, leaving us alone with this news.

Now ten years later I`m in a new English class, learning that Osama bin Laden was killed the night before. My emotions were mixed.  I`m glad that we live in America, even with all our faults. It feels like a chapter has been closed, leaving everyone with different opinions. I understood why people felt like we shouldn't be celebrating the death of a human. An eye for an eye or turn the other cheek? There is no doubt in my mind that if we were confronted by Osama bin Laden or his followers, they wouldn't have any doubt taking us down. On the other hand I understand why people felt like they should be celebrating. It seemed like everyone wanted to be a part of this moment in history. The times we live in are changing fast, leaving us feeling bewildered.           

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