UJ and I don’t agree on a lot politically, but we agree that the news that U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden is very good news, inceed. Osama bin Laden was a bloodthirsty zealot whose creation of al Qaeda and terrorist machinations caused thousands of innocent people to lose their lives on September 11, 2001. He deserved to die to pay for his heinous act, and the fact that he was finally caught and killed means that justice has been served.
I give credit to President Obama and the U.S. military and intelligence forces who never wavered in their hunt for bin Laden. The American political system often seems broken, but it says something positive that we kept our focus on bin Laden through two different administrations — one Republican, one Democrat — over a ten-year period. It is nice to know that Americans can still stick to important goals and see them through to completion.
And I don’t want to hear right now about what this means for the 2012 presidential campaign, or why bin Laden was able to hide in the capital of Pakistan, or whether the administration should have announced the news differently, or any other second-guessing or political spinning arising from the death of bin Laden. For now, let’s just quietly appreciate the fact that a horrible mass murderer has finally gone to his just reward.