I remember traveling to Circleville, New York, to interview a man who had worked at the towers, but who refused to set foot back inside Manhattan. He had moved his family to Circleville because it was outside the blast radius of a nuclear explosion.

I remember interviewing relatives of the dead, and helping to perpetuate their very public grieving process. In hindsight, I wish we reporters had left them alone. Instead, year after year, we go back to them and ask them once again, “How did it feel?” I was actually glad when, almost two years later, my newspaper took me off the 9/11 beat.

Today, the site is a construction zone, and unfortunately, a kind of ghoulish tourist attraction.

Ten years later, Osama bin Laden is finally dead, and I have to admit feeling satisfied, and astonished that all these memories came back so clearly as if no time had passed at all.

grayman@villagevoice.com

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ByChance
ByChance

Ok, so a cave-dweller who plays with TOY machine-guns was responsible for America's schizophrenia. Just 'cause the ghost's been chased away, don't mean there's no more monsters under the bed. Thinkin's TOO hard!http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qD78...

Bert Simpson
Bert Simpson

I would have preferred they caught him, tried him and made him walk around in chains and an orange jumpsuit rather than go out in a hail of bullets like a martyr and those promised virgins. Better to see him for the shambling loser he was and let them try to brag about Prisoner 203451.

★ Soap
★ Soap

I dont know what to think anymore if help or not

Rahiq Syed
Rahiq Syed

Thanking Obama for killing Bin Laden is like going into McDonalds and thanking Ronald McDonald for the hamburger. It's the guy cooking the burger that should get the credit, not the clown.

Cassidy
Cassidy

I liked your comment, but there's always at least two sides to any situation: it was up to Obama to order the operation in the first place, not fully knowing whether it was indeed OBL, and certainly it would have been his ass, à la Jimmy Carter, if the thing failed.

He would have taken responsibility in failure; he should get (some) credit in success.

ibivi
ibivi

I remember that terrible day. I've always been afraid to be in highrise buildings. Terrified of heights. Horrible nightmare come to life. Just incredible. It was still shocking to see people celebrating after President Obama's announcement. But I wasn't in New York and listening to Jon Stewart explain what it meant to him...

Chaz Surette
Chaz Surette

The very first time I went to New York (been a while now), I stopped by Ground Zero. I only spent 15 or so minutes. I paid my respects and then I left. There's no need to view it again. Once is enough, no need for a big showy tourist attraction. It's always in our memories, and has forever changed this city and this nation.

R.R.
R.R.

Very nice article, great title. Before Osamas death the feeling was "I don't forget". Today, it is "I remember", and the difference comes from the ancient Greek word "katharsis", the feeling of cleansing and exhilaration.

Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton

Time to forget all this 911 shit---and go see a movie....! THOR is coming out soon. See a comic book movie, help a comic book movie make millions---and forget all the LOSERS who died in 911.

You gotta fight 4 yur right 2...paaaarttttyyyy!!!!!!

zachary
zachary

The FBI itself says there is “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”.Google this for more info before believing the latest hype about his death.

Suny_4
Suny_4

devil son Levinson, are you crying Bin Laden dick?

john
john

is he really dead. lets see the body. who is obama fooling. get real

Tiago C.
Tiago C.

Respect. My friend, we cried your tears in Brazil. I can only imagine the weight on your shoulders. It totally definitely helps. It was the first time I celebrate the death of someone. And it felt just great.[]sTiago

levinson
levinson

"Osama bin Laden's Death Doesn't Solve Everything. But It Helps." It solves nothing, and opens the proverbial can of worms again. Every Jihadist and aspiring Jihadist will want some sort of retribution against us, and bin Laden's right hand man will now know no moderation in harming our people. The US should have taken the high road and considered actual justice against bin Laden. Now that it has seemingly set the bar for doling out vigilante revenge, who knows what horrors await us and our troops. If ever there was a more self-serving act of stupidity executed by a soap-boxing US President, this was the ultimate. This act has betrayed us.

Edpolania
Edpolania

Stop being a pussy. Killing Osama was the best option. U scared of these Jihadist? Move to oklahoma baby...

Zl12
Zl12

Don't you mean "Oklahoma City"? Isn't this where other home-grown extremists like you live, edpolania? Think Oklahoma City Bombings.....

Tiago C.
Tiago C.

Levinson has no family. And nobody loves him.

Prezdent Obama
Prezdent Obama

levinson, you is one dumb cock sucker----and your daddy and mommy are probably dumb fucks, too.

Zl12
Zl12

@Prezdent Obama - Yeah, this is about the maximum bandwidth that your tiny brain will ever endure - how does it feel, dummy?

John Lennin
John Lennin

BORING....!!!!

911 is yesterday's news, you old farts.

Budbear
Budbear

Sorry that this is so tedious for you John. Perhaps a story about hemorrhoids would be more interesting. That might be a subject that an asshole like you would be more familiar with.

 
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