Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Were we getting a bit over-excited at Osama bin Laden's death?:

I don't know that celebrating a major victory in war-and it is a war we are engaged in-is a bad thing. The death of Osama bin Laden is by far the most significant event-and the result of the firefight that killed bin Laden is the clearest victory yet-in the war that began on September 11th, 2001. However, this writer is compelled to admit that Mrs. O does have a point (and yes, she is as pleased as any of the rest of us that Osama is out of the picture). If we bask not in the military and strategic victory we have achieved through Osama bin Laden's death (and the positive outcomes it has generated and will generate), and instead gloat on bin Laden's death for its own sake, then we are no better than the terrorists that we seek to defeat. In our commemorations of the momentous event of May 1st, perhaps we should remember that.

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