5 thoughts on “USA! USA! USA?”

  1. We did not burn Afghan flags, we did not call for the death of the Afghan people.

    We celebrated the end of a man that has already severely impacted us. The younger college generation does not have many memories pre 9/11. Most of the world we know is a post 9/11 and we certainly don’t like it. We don’t like to see photos of dead American and Afghan men and women in the middle east. We want to rid the world of the terrible concept of radical terrorism and we celebrated because we felt we accomplished a huge goal in this mission.

    Remember they did find a great deal of information in his compound and it is fairly clear he remained actively involved in the terrorist organization.


    1. I agree that it is important to acknowledge the benefits of Bin Laden’s death… we know have leads towards significantly weakening a terrorist organization. Let that be our cause to feel good. It is a humbling and sad reminder that to combat killing and to keep people safe, we too must continue the vicious circle… it is the ultimate, seemingly necessary tragedy of war. Celebration only breeds disunity. It emphasizes that there is one side against the other. This is an unhealthy mindset particularly when facing an enemy without borders– the idea of terrorism. It is a simple idea based on terror, nothing else. Through celebrating killing we justify a consistent tool of terror as a legitimate way to “win.” Terrorists have their own ideals and beliefs cemented into their mind. Killing others is their definition of “winning.” Perhaps we are not so different from them, as Mr. Flaska suggests.

  2. As a student, I was somewhat disturbed by the chants and celebrations I witnessed in the dining hall, at school meeting, and online. I am always opposed to ending a human life, though I understand the situational rationale behind the choice. It is more the public reaction that upset me. In the dorm and at school, I also felt as though I would have been ridiculed as un-American for being outwardly uncomfortable with celebrating Bin Laden’s death. I am happy that there is someone on campus, especially a dean, who has brought to light this point-of-view. Thank you Mr. Flaska.

  3. Pretty vintage Flaska here. False equivalence abounds. He’s a well-intentioned guy; but his analysis is usually shallow. He’s a spiritual leader type, not an intellectual. So perhaps it isn’t fair to expect much from him in the intellectual arena.

  4. That a faculty member should parade such tripe in front of the school community is truly an embarassment to the school. Millions of people around the world celebrated Osama’s death not as a celebration of his individual death but as a strike against what he represented: terrorism. None of the celebrants knew Osama personally, they just knew what he stood for and promoted– and they did not like it. That Mr. F fails to grasp this point is alarming. His risible piece devolves even further. Comparing Princess Diana to Martin Luther King and JFK, and a proposed holiday honoring national pride to nazism makes me concerned for students of a teacher so deficient in a capacity for discernment.

    Hubris and ignorance fueled by a smug sense of moral superiority, such as Mr. F exhibits in this piece, was at the root of nazism. Would any Deerfield student dare submit such a fundamentally flawed and intellectually lazy piece of work for one of their courses? Nobody I know here would.

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