Slowly, word trickled out that seemed to confirm it. And finally, after some delay, President Obama came out and made the statement himself. It was a very odd feeling because it always feels strange to celebrate the death of a human being... It had a very surreal quality to it.
There have been a lot of big news stories this year. It's been almost entirely bad, horrible, terrible news. This feels like the first big news story of the year that can be seen even slightly in a positive light.
It's just big news. I know I can't expect things to change overnight. It's not like the TSA will disappear tomorrow morning, and I know our country will definitely never return to the way it was on September 10, 2001. And thinking more about it, it's hard to determine what practical difference this will actually make. It certainly feels true that this is more psychological than anything else.
But still... Still, this feels like something. Terrorism isn't suddenly wiped from the world. We can't just go on with things the way they were. Probably our lives won't change very much from the way they were yesterday. Nothing is truly "over." Yet, I wonder what tomorrow holds... I know this isn't anything like a happy ending, but rather, more like the end to a dark chapter. I guess it's a sense of closure more than anything else. A tensed muscle has been relaxed.
I hope our non-American friends can indulge us being stupid and quoting Team America for a little while. Forgive us as we get a little too American for a bit. I feel like it's been earned.