“Justice was done.”
I wonder. Sure, it’s fine for us to indulge in a patriotic frenzy, a kind of national end-zone dance over the death of America’s No.1 villain, but along with the jubilation, a couple of sober thoughts: There is a fine line between revenge and justice. To me, true justice would have been for bin Laden to recognize the error of his ways before he was executed, and to realize that in return for his acts, he would be deprived of something valuable to him. Not only that, but that he would have been made to understand that his life’s work had been worthless.
After all, he deprived many thousands of their most valuable possession⎯their lives⎯as well as many thousands more of their loved ones. He wounded a nation. The problem with bin Laden and his kind, however, is that their lives are valueless to them. In fact, rather than depriving him of something, we provided the key that unlocked (for him) the gates of eternal paradise, since he believed he was doing God’s work. All we did was close the circle of fanaticism. He knew he was going to die eventually, and to him he died a noble warrior.
Of course, getting rid of him was something we as a nation had to do. We are blessed to have the kind of dedicated, courageous and skilled servicemen capable of carrying out such a harrowing mission, and they deserve our gratitude. I’m sure those who lost loved ones feel to some small extent vindicated.
I hope, though, that wherever Osama bin Laden is now, he is finally facing the justice he so richly deserves.