Yes, I know the Pope has declared it is unChristian
for me to be glad at the death
but I am
November 1996 changed our family's life forever
My husband was in a building that "received a gift from bin Laden"
The rest of us were at school.
We returned home our Saudi compound not knowing what to expect.
A soldier got on our bus
dripping with blood
screaming for his children.
We lost seven people that day
and a bit of my soul.
There were many survivors
most of us were walking wounded.
We were "kept" there until March
to show support for the Saudi government.
Living with it day by day.
A fog of injury, blood and mourning.
Several months after we left
the same people came in and shot
a number of teachers on a compound
just to show they could.
The press finally showed up
at Daharan- I guess that was big enough.
The nightmare continued a few years later
when we found out that one of our close friends
had been in the Pentagon when it was hit-
as well as one of the Sergeants that survived with us
five years before.
I remember that day well-
since I was watching TV just after the first plane hit.
I called my friend and told her
this was another "bin Laden present".
She said it was an accident
then the next plane hit.
Sometimes people have to accept that there is evil
Without the show of evil
we will not understand good.
I have felt evil
and being rid of it is a good thing.
I believe that there are a very few who will actually mourn him.
A few mourned Hitler and Stalin.
I will say
I am not sorry for their loss.
I would not dance on his grave
Neither will I "hold my nose" and walk on
I appreciate that we have people in this country
Policemen and soldiers- who are willing to do
the most difficult thing
to keep the rest of us safe.
I do feel tonight
that finally my family is free of this horrible man.