The Final Page of a Devastating Chapter

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So ends a chapter.  Of American history, yes.  But of my life as well.
I lived on Lafayette Street, well below Canal, in September 2001.  About seven blocks from the World Trade Center.  Many people like to begin their story of that morning with the irony of a beautiful blue sky.  That's not my tale.  Mine was waking from a dorm room bed to phone calls of laughing friends.  "Jeff, you gotta wake up.  Some asshole flew a plane into the Trade Center."  I went to the street in front of the building and looked up, joined by a few dozen others, cup of coffee in my hand.  None of us could believe someone could do such a thing.
Then a second plane.  Laughing stopped.  
The details of the next few hours, next few days are not pleasant.  Watching individuals dive from top floor windows, afraid to let a fire consume them.  Soot-covered businessmen chugging 40s of whatever beer they could grab from a bodega cooler.  Sleeping on the kitchen floors of any friend who'd have me.  Walking back to my place and being afraid by the awful smell in the air.  Death.  
There were wonderful moments too.  The movie theater at Union Square opening its doors for a full day and saying, "Come on in New York.  Have a popcorn and soda and forget all this."  Folks treating firemen and police officers like the heroes they often are.  Patriotism, true love not of symbols or flags or political party, but of every single individual who bears that most sacred of moniker: American.

There are many who will react to the death of Osama Bin Laden with the sense of ironic detachment that has sadly penetrated the culture.  It seems not to be "cool" for anyone under forty to be genuine.  To feel real emotions.  Well that's never been me.  Tonight I cried hearing that Bin Laden was dead.  My hands shook, my body quivered and I cried.  I felt it all again in one moment.  All the pain and sadness.  I smelt the air again and saw those bodies in the air.  

Except now I had closure.  The closure I sought in those weeks after September 11, staring at a television screen, hoping for anything to occur.  Ten years later the news finally flashed across the screen: Bin Laden Dead.  Ten years later I can turn the television off.
And I hope the same for the family member of each of the more than 3,000 individuals killed that day.  The death of this evil man will not bring those loved ones back but for one night you can lay your head on your pillow and know the man responsible has met justice.  At the hands of our boys.  At the hands of our president.  Sleep tonight.  It is a good night ten years coming.

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  • My roommate and I wisited NY for New Years 3 years after the attacks and we ended up going to ground zero twice. We had only planned to go once but felt moved by the people we met and talked to there and the significance of the events and that place to return. Pretty impossible to put into words all of the emotions and I am not from there and was not there that tagic day. I can't even begin to imagine what it was like for those that were.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    *visited. Jeesh.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    and *tragic. Wow. Time for bed.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Thanks for sharing this Jeff...

    ...well done US Navy SEALs!

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I've been a reader of this blog for over 2 years. Jeff, thank you for the moving and emotional post. My wife is a New Yorker and I fully understand and feel what you wrote. I know you and your fellow New Yorkers will sleep better this week, basking in the satisfaction one of the most evil people to roam this earth and assault your city is dead.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And to all the men and women that risk the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And nice job getting that Bin Laden bastard. Come home safe.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Thank you for sharing Jeff. Our wait is over.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Thank you, Jeff.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    3000 dead, many more injured, like my good friend who was just a student at NYU at the time. Had to undergo years of physical therapy after 9/11. It's a great feeling knowing that SEAL Team 6 was the last thing this fucker saw on earth. Damn those guys are good. Thank you for sharing the story.

    On lighter note, you know Michelle is giving up that pussy tonight.

  • In reply to gwill:

    You know he is getting the best head ever!

  • In reply to gwill:

    Well said, Jeff. I cried too. My hands started sweating and I was shaking a bit. After that I cracked open a beer and my wife and I celebrated. That evil son of a bitch is gone! A heartfelt thanks to everyone who sacrificed in any way to get him off of this planet.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Jeff not blogfader today..

    I thank you for this moment into your life..a small second of the chapter through someone else's eyes.I cherish those words and emotions that you/we all felt when it sank in that, this was happening not to someone else but to us.And as I say us I don't mean the United States of America I mean the human race. When a soul with out remorse takes a life of innocences and be pleased with ones self, is the true horror here. I pray for those who have and will lose family members over this tragic moment.

    I ind it strange that physically being so far away from the epicenter and yet feeling all the emotions from the souls that lived in the horror of those few moments makes me weep. Today will be a day of thought not anger, not thinking about myself but those who are with us today and those who have left us on that special day 9/11, I will think about those special men and women who risk life for us in the military and pray that someday they will have the opportunity to come home and hug their families, and even though this is a cyber entity I really believe that you all part of my extended family and I thank you for that.

    I especially thank you Jeff for giving us the vehicle in which to think, speak, laugh and cry even in one special moment like this blog.

    Blessings to you all.

  • In reply to gwill:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhnUgAaea4M

  • In reply to gwill:

    So this means the wars are over right?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Silly wannabe commie.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    GET SOME VIVA!!! fucking get some!

    I was in South Africa when 9/11 went down. So stoked we killer that fucker. Who's next terrorist bitches!?!

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    http://www.kvoa.com/news/video-details-on-us-raid-that-killed-bin-laden/

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hmmm. Body buried at sea, huh? Two things from that,

    1: It will only increase skepticism of his demise.

    2. It will likely upset Muslims who feel we disrespected his religion by not burying him in their customary way, thus increasing the likelihood of more attacks.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Well, too damn bad for anybody who thinks this dung heap was worthy of any kind of customary/honorable burial, Muslim or otherwise.

    Here's the message: You transgress - You Die.
    No homorable burial.

    No trip to heaven.

    No virgins.

    No place to be enshrined and honored by your fellow crazed lemmings.

    End of story.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Actually, the thought process was that he needed to be buried in 24 hours as per custom, but figuring out what country would actually accept his remains would have taken years.
    So, burying him at sea in the correct timeline was a pretty creative solution, IMHO.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The Russians cremated Hitler, conspiracy nuts aside, and that has worked out reasonably well.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    To be clear, I don't give a nutty ass fuck, but, I'm sure some people will.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    new thread

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I still feel unsatisfied. When the japs bombed pearl harbor, we got back at them pretty good.

    We killed Osama, and he killed how many of us?

    Still glad he is dead, just wish there was more satisfaction.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    If it makes you feel any better the WH is debating releasing the photos of OBL because there is a massive bullet hole above one eye and his blood and brains are visible behind his head.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Don't forget the THOUSANDS of Al Quaeda Fighters who have dispatched in Iraq and Afghanistan since then, Bears85, including many leaders zapped by drones and one higher up who, literally, got a stinger missle up his tailpipe while riding his motorbike.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    So, Osama "sleeps with the fishes"?

    Works for me.

    Rest in pieces.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Pics being released from his compound look like ST6 may have gone Bear Jew on his bodyguards, though. Whatta mess.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/26651/scary-implications-after-duerson-diagnosis

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    True SEAL Story:
    I was at an intel school in Dam Neck, VA in 1995. The base (Naval) was hosting a quasi biathalon (swim and run). The Marines entered a team into the race, me included, and there were several Navy teams, one of which was a SEAL Team. The race started on the ground, and we were crushing them. Then we got into the water and any lead we had was gone in about 5 fucking minutes. They made us look silly, and we were good swimmers, by that I mean, we could tread water for a few hours carrying a cinder block or two for good measure.

    In 03 I worked with Team 5 in Iraq on a few occasions. We did a raid and some reconnaisance work together. There is no greater team on earth, than our SEALs. They are always well led, well trained, and cohesive.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Badass!

    If I was going to be in the service, I always thought it would be as a seal. Since I live in SD anyway and I love the ocean... although, I've seen documentaries about hell week and I don't think I'd love the ocean after that.

    Badass man, fucking badass.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    That flushing sound is your money going straight to the military industrial complex. Great the guy is dead but the ideology isnt and it can't be dealt with as easily and simply as a bullet to the dome.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I'd say that mission was one of the most cost-effective exercises in the history of warfare. Human intelligence plus a SEAL team = a bad guy with catastrophic damage to the cerebellum and a watery grave. I am a diehard liberal and couldn't be happier that asshole is dead, whatever my feelings are about the rest of the Middle East.
    Too bad it took that long for someone in Pakistan to talk.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The mission was awesome! It's just the continuing mission that concerns me. We're beeing bled dry over here.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Yep. Anybody who wants peace is a commie. Ass.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Yes doc, it is true that the "peace" movement has been hijacked by the commie's. Dick.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    unbelievable.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    undeniable

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Great post Jeff.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Amazing post, Jeff.

    My response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmIKoC3DQQ

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    The Paki response has been such a joke. Since 9/11, we've sunk $20B into Paki counter-terror. Which means, we have handed over $20 BILLION dollars to the Pakis to stop terrorism. They probably used part of that money to build the compound.

    "Oh yes, we have terror under control. ISI will lead and always help American!"

    (slides closet door closed behind him)

    "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"

    "obviously, what you ask costs money, so we will need alot."

    (Porsche dealer business card falls out of hand)

    Alot of pissing rhetoric from Pakis. THe previous week, there was a speech for the cadets at the academy down the road that bin Laden himself probably heard on the PA system. He was hundreds of yards from the military base. We probably DID pay for his compound.

    Well, his 12 foot walls and his barbed wire probably slowed ST6 down for about .1 of a second. I went to times of India and saw his death card pic. If the pic is real, he didn't even shave or do anything to change his appearance, he looked pretty much the same. Except dead with his eyes sunk in.

    Fuck all.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Naw, that photo is a fake per the site.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I tweaked it since last night...

    Sung to the tune of
    "DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD" from THE WIZARD OF OZ...

    "Dong, dong, Osama's dead,
    He got shot, right in his head,
    Ding dong, Osama's really dead...

    He thought that he could hide,
    big mistake, now he's fried,
    Ding dong, Osama's really dead...

    We said we would track him down, oh,yes,
    it took a while. but guess,
    guess what? We found him!

    "Dong, dong, Osama's dead,
    Really, very, truly dead
    Now at last, Osama's finally Dead!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1 Al

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