About Bin Laden’s Demise

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

I didn't know until this morning.  Kind of surprising, and I won't believe it until I see the long form death certificate (joke).

Well, first and foremost, kudos to the Navy Seals.  It doesn't sound like it was an easy operation, but clearly the mission was accomplished.

Secondly, the news is saying that bin Laden's compound was "just down the road" from a major Pakistani military facility.  Coincidence?  I think not.  I've had it up to here with the Pakistanis.

But that said, I can't really revel in the way that passes for patriotism for some people: the fist pumping "USA, USA, USA".  It's good we captured him, but from an overall "war on terrorism" standpoint, I don't think it changes the game much.  Bin Laden was marginalized after 10 years on the run.  I guess it was a symbolic victory more than an operational one.  But the war on terrorism isn't over, and we shouldn't pretend that it is.

I confess to be a little bit surprised that bin Laden was buried at sea "in accordance with Islamic law".  My initial thought was, "why should we afford him that respect?  He didn't care about how people died on 9/11."

But then I realized it's not about who HE is, but who we are.  Giving him a burial "in accordance with Islamic law" shows respect for a religion.  High road.  Can't ever go wrong taking it.

UPDATE:  A Fox affiliate engages in wishful thinking:


Another possible Fopx headline: "African American man in Washington, D.C. confesses the the murder of an elderly man!"