It would appear that the man who brought brought death and terror to the United States on September 11, 2001 is dead. While Helen of Troy is said to have been so beautiful that her face “launched a 1000 ships,” Osama bin Laden’s face launched thousands of missiles, bombs and all the other machines and munitions of war.
For almost 10 years, bin Laden has been the face of this hard-to-understand “War on Terror.” Unfortunately, he was not the leader of a unified opposition to the Great Satan. Killing him will not result in a nearly immediate cessation of hostilities. In the short term, killing him will probably increase the risk to our citizens, military, and friends and allies around the world as those who supported and looked up to bin Laden as a hero seek to vengeance for his death.
While the joyous response on the part of many Americans is understandable, we have hard days ahead of us. May we remain strong and clearheaded as we support those who continue to sacrifice their lives, one day at a time, in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world.