I suppose I should make clear that I do not support the death penalty. Never have. I have never believed that there is any merit to this idea of “closure” for victims, and I am leery of letting the State take a life, the potential for abuse is just too large.
That said, I am relieved that OBL is dead. His death will probably do little to curb terrorism throughout the world, but he had to be held accountable for planning the attacks on 9/11. In this case, capture would have been next to impossible, and even if we had managed, would have presented a whole different set of security related problems.
I think we can be proud of the team that carried out the mission. Even after experiencing a mechanical failure that could have caused an aborted or failed mission, they got the job done with no loss of innocent life. Those guys had no way of knowing what the security level was inside the compound, and showed both bravery and skill and we have a right to feel proud of the work they put in.
Apparently, there was consideration given to a bombing raid, which was scrapped in favor of this mission. President Obama clearly made the right choice.
There is probably no way to avoid turning this into a political issue, but I’m not going there today.
It feels wrong for me to rejoice in another man’s death. That is a personal consideration, but I do understand that for many, this is a time to celebrate, and I’m inclined to be happy for them.
Wouldn’t ya hate to be the Pakistani Ambassador today?