Published 6:54 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Our heart-felt thanks goes out to the U.S. intelligence community, the brave Navy Seals and the team that ferried them in and out safely, and ultimately, to President Obama for authorizing the mission.
It was a job well done, and it was a job that needed to be done, even if it was almost 10 years in the making.
There certainly is a sense of justice that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces and his body—respectivefully—buried at sea. Once again, the United States has demonstrated it can take the high road when dealing with low life. Kudos.
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However, just because the United States got the big nut doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fruitcakes left.
The war on terrorism is not over, and although the celebrations and chants of “USA, USA” were warranted, our guard still needs be vigilant, our troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere remain just as vulnerable, and our own soil can come under attack again.
What remains so ironic is that Bin Laden wanted to see the end of capitalism in America. His plan to do it was hijacking four planes and ramming them into American icons.
Innocent lives were lost.
But the end of capitalism?
Nope. Didn’t happen.
What did happen is that the old gizzard got a taste of capitalism and lived a life that he seemingly disavowed. He wasn’t living in a cave, in self-avowed poverty. He lived in a million-dollar compound, and he lived right under the nose of our so-called friends, who we send billions of dollars to in support of the war on terrorism.
Even after we killed the rat, there is still too much of a stench left for us to rest on our laurels.