Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reminiscing and the future

I'm sure we can all remember the exact place we were when the news of the September 11 terrorist attacks were announced. Just looking at pictures make all the memories and feelings flood back.

I was in 6th grade. I was sitting in Mrs. Woosley's Social Studies class when the principal came over the intercom to announce what had happened. I remember being afraid, but still unsure of what happened. What exactly is the World Trade Center? Why would someone want to hurt us?

The world's a beautiful place when we're young and this made it almost come crashing down. Reality hit a lot of us at a young age because of this event.

On May 1, justice was finally served. Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed.
"We will not stand idly by when our civilians are being killed... Justice has been done."
The nation breathed a sigh of relief.

Just like September 11, I'm sure everyone can remember where they were and how they felt at the time of the announcement. This time, the feelings were feelings of joy and justice.

Throughout the nation people were celebrating the death of the man who killed thousands of people. People gathered at Ground Zero and the White House waving flags and singing The National Anthem and We Are the Champions.

This joy came crashing own on Friday when pro-bin Laden participants protested the US Embassy in London chanting, "USA! You will pay!"

Al-Qaeda released statements that they will keep fighting to avenge the death of Osama.

At the moment of rejoicing, no one realized that this could have repercussions on our nation, politics and economy.

In an article by NY Daily News, a man named Peter Siris expresses his concern for the economy.

"In the short-term, however, there is a risk that his followers could try to avenge his killing. Any attempted retaliation could send stocks down and push up the price of precious metals. So his death by itself should not be a signal to buy... If Al-Qaeda becomes more active, this could be a negative for oil prices and the stock market. But right now, there is no way to handicap whether this will occur." he wrote in his article.

No one is sure of what the future will bring.

We have the right to rejoice for the justice that was served, but we need to be in continual prayers for our country, troops and governmental figures.

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