A grim chapter in American history has finally come to a close. And yet I'm reading and seeing another tactic of the naysayers. That is to play Debbie Downer and throw cold water on any sense of happiness about this victory. And it is a victory.
What was reported by the President last night was an event that gave some sense of closure not just for the families and friends of the victims on September 11, 2001 but it gave closure to the country as a whole. So to see people writing articles and making comments about how this isn't a victory or is just a hollow victory then bring up the fact that Osama bin Laden's death doesn't end the war on terror or domestic concerns like the unemployment rate or deficit or any of the other problems and issues we were and still are dealing with, those people are just being assholes.
Yes, we know there are still very serious issues that have to be dealt with. Yes, we know this doesn't change our fight against radical Islamic jihadists. Talking about it now is just an effort to bring down the people who are (admittedly very enthusiastic but it has been 9 years) just happy to see some measurable progress in the war on terror by taking down a big symbolic target.
When I was a kid I used to read a series of books called The Destroyer. The hero was named Remo Williams who was a martial arts expert, he had a master named Chiun who would one up or embarrass Remo in some way early in the story. But by the end of the story after the main adventure was done, Remo would find a way to get Chiun back in an even bigger embarrassing way and the last line of the book would read: "...and Remo felt good."
And that's how I see the Osama bin Laden saga. Here's a man who for the better part of two decades attacked the US abroad and at home, was able to laugh about it (recorded on video) then became this specter of evil constantly hovering in the background of American lives. This weekend a Navy SEAL team stormed his compound and put two bullets in his head... and America felt good.
Don't try to spoil it.