Monday, May 2, 2011

The Only News Story Today: Osama bin Laden Is Dead

I'll interrupt my normal string of posts to comment briefly on the only news story anyone's going to be talking about today - U.S. Special Forces have killed Osama bin Laden after tracking him to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Read all about it at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, or your own favorite newspaper.

I guess the New York Times' obituary makes it official.

My initial $0.02: I can't say that I feel jubilation at the death of Osama bin Laden, and I'm somewhat put off by the blood-lust I see in the celebrations of some of my fellow Americans, but I feel a satisfaction that justice has been done. The two most likely outcomes for bin Laden were 1) that he would remain hidden but free, or 2) that he would be killed during an attempt to capture him - and given those choices, it's far better for him to be dead than free. I hope this provides closure for the many victims of September 11, 2001, and I hope that this moment provides America with an opportunity to think about and reassess our both national priorities and what we really want to spend our blood and treasure on going forward - on the most needy citizens among us, or on more foreign wars and tax cuts for the rich.

Here's Obama's statement on bin Laden's death:

Finally, I'll share the best of what's come across my Facebook feed in the past 12 hours, with my acknowledgements to my funny, witty, intelligent, and/or insightful friends:

"Once again, the Obama administration shows its desperation to distract attention from his fraudulent birth certificate."

"let's all travel somewhere with full size toiletries to celebrate!"

"Ha ha ha Obama interrupted Celebrity Apprentice. Suck it, Donald!"

"I like to imagine Jack Bauer holding a gun to the head of a sniveling bin Laden, doing his trademark facial wrenching while debating whether to pull the trigger. One of Bauer's men is in the background shouting, "Don't do it, Jack! He's not worth it!" But Jack replies, "You're right. He's not worth it." *BANG* ... *beep beep beep beep*"

"Hitler confirmed dead on May 1, 1945 and Osama Bin Laden confirmed dead on May 1, 2011. ?"

"10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person."

"This celebration isn't about the death of one man, which would only be a fleeting victory. This celebration marks justice delivered for the victims of al-Qaeda's terror and those who have fallen in this struggle. This celebration marks the end of an era and demonstrates the United States' indefatigable spirit and tenacity."

Back to regular posting tomorrow, if there's any chance that anyone will want to read anything other than coverage of bin Laden's death.

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