It’s one of those moments. Almost ten years since the most horrific terrorist event in human memory, Osama Bin Laden was brought to justice by a team of American special forces deep inside Pakistan. My feeling? Grim satisfaction – I am GLAD he is dead and pay tribute to all concerned. I salute President Obama (Yes, I chose those words carefully), I salute all those who worked up the intelligence to track down this mass murderer, and in particular I salute whoever it was that put the bullets in his body so ending his tenure on our planet. Al Queda may live on, but Bin Laden is dead and THAT is reason to rejoice. It is so fitting he met his death at the hands of Americans.
There are so many obvious questions that must be asked in particular of the Pakistan government. Bin Laden appears to have been living with 30-60miles of Islamabad in a relatively well to do area in a heavily fortified compound that seems to have been specially built for him. HOW could this happen? What will the response of the remnant of Al Queda be now that the Sheikh is shaken apart? It was President Bush who said he wanted Bin Laden “Dead or Alive” – dead is inestimably better since the legal vultures have nothing to pick on.
Naturally, those thousands who have lost loved ones care of Bin Laden still carry that enormous loss this morning but at least they can reflect that justice has been done. In this moment, we should think of THEM – we should think of all those families and we pray that they may find some small comfort in this news.