Don't Get Too Worked Up over Bin Laden's Death
The death of Osama Bin Laden has not been greatly exaggerated. But upside to his death may be.
Yes, he is dead. On this occasion I believe it to be so. One less rat in the house is always good. But even if the rat killed was the mother of all the others it is still just one rat. You have all the others (splinter groups/franchises) still running lose. The question I have is what will the offspring do now that mother rat is gone? Will they lose heart, close shop? Or will they become angry and take revenge on the exterminator?
We need to go about our lives after today's news as though nothing has changed because it changes nothing in the short term. I imagine that diplomatic maneuvers are currently underway to make some progress toward mending some fences between the USA and, well, everybody we've made unhappy over the past decade. Diplomacy is a slow art. In time perhaps this news will lead to improved relations, a better world. But not today, tomorrow or even next year.
The cynical, but well meaning,
P.S. - On a personal note I know the news of Bin Laden's death would have impacted me more deeply if this day had come five years ago. Up to then I had hopes killing the baddy would have made a difference. But since 2006 I concluded he was already dead or retired and living it up like a Bond villian. As a Bond villian it turned out to be. He was living in a military town, in Pakistan! You can't do that kind of thing without protection from on high. Our people must have leaned really hard on their people to allow the raid to happen. Imagine if a foreign power decided to try something like this just a few miles from West Point without our okay.