A friend sent me a text message yesterday asking what my opinion was of this; meaning the death of Osama bin Laden. Believe it or not, it’s not something I really went into to deep thought about. Everything happened so late on Sunday night and it seemed so unreal.
After thinking about it for a few minutes, trying to process the events of the last day, my opinion is like that of nearly all Americans…I’m glad Osama bin Laden is dead. I’m not the type of person that goes out into the streets and expresses this satisfaction, unlikely many from my generation. But this man was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people and he represented pure evil. He deserved to die.
However, I’m skeptical that anything will really change. Yes, his death is a morale booster for us given the problems we have faced as a nation since 9/11. But the extraordinary growth in government, which saw passage of legislation and implementation of policies that infringed on fundamental liberties, isn’t like to recede. We’re still going to occupy Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. And Americans will still be harassed by TSA agents when we try to fly.
Radley Balko probably said it best; Osama won. Not only has he killed thousands of people and caused us to abandon our principles and liberties; he has also cost us a lot of money, which was a goal of al-Qaeda from the very beginning - to place financial pressure on us.
I don’t fault anyone for celebrating bin Laden’s death; especially young people. As someone put it last night, he was our generation’s boogeyman. But there is a lot more to taken in with the death of this bastard. I’m skeptical that anything will really change.