Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I am glad he's dead

The death of Osama Bin Laden is an important milestone. We can reasonably disagree as to whether we should have put more effort into finding him several years ago. Will his death make him into a larger-than-life symbol? Will the firefight in which he died be recounted as some heroic last stand? Or will he - accurately - be seen, at long last, as a coward who hides behind an unarmed woman to avoid getting shot?

Facts will not deter radicals ... they never have. OBL is no longer a wanted man. However, we have not seen the last of radical Islam. Their grievances are contrived and arbitrary. They cannot be negotiated with, nor can they be reasoned with. They can, however, be defeated. And we have taken one, symbolic, and important objective. There are many others, but it is right to celebrate this achievement.

To the men of the JSOC, congratulations and well done!

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