Sunday, May 1, 2011

Concerning the Death of bin Laden, or Now What?

As reported by many sources, including the President, Osama bin Laden is dead. 9 years, 8 months, and 21 days, 2 ongoing conflicts, and $1,188,285,670,000 later, the leader of the world's most threatening and deadly terrorist group is dead. Question is: now what?
Unfortunately, we won't be pulling out of Afghanistan/Iraq this instant, this month, or even this year. We are too involved right now to just lay our guns down and come home. I have never been one for war, but, since we're there, we might as well fix the problems we set out to fix and the problems we caused. Also, this does not mean the end of Al Qaeda. Most likely, this will launch a wave of revenge, orchestrated by bin Laden's No. 2's. The Middle East has been the powder keg of my generation, and it's been oh-so-slowly emptying as time has passed since 9/11. This might be the spark that makes the rest of it explode.
Am I glad he's dead? Sort of. I don't wish death on anyone, but I do believe this is the best justice he could be served. Am I confident this is a significant blow to our opponents? Not at all. This may not be the best thing for us and our forces abroad. 
But let's not worry about that right now. Take a moment. Feel some of that unity we had after the attacks. Take a small comfort in knowing that one of the truly evil men on the planet has ceased to exist. Give some sympathy to the men, women, and children who lost someone on that fateful day, and let them know they have had their vengeance.
Try to hold on to that sense of unity. That is the cure to our society's stagnation. Know that no matter how screwed up politics get, this truly is the Land of the Free, Home to the Brave. Even I, as a very neutral non-patriot/non-dissident person, feel good and proud to be an American this day.  While we still have a problem on our hands, this is still a victory. 

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