Killing bin Laden Was America’s Obligation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don’t count me among those who feel conflicted about the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Hurrah for the Navy SEALs. Many Americans would have gladly slid down the ropes with them to complete the mission.
The death of bin Laden is just revenge for his plot of Sept. 11, 2001. The terrorist mastermind has been in hiding since killing nearly 3,000 Americans that day, evading our military’s attempts to deliver justice upon his head. On May 1, the SEALs swooped down on his lair in Pakistan.
“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Those were the words of 17th century English poet John Donne who may never had imagined the emergence of devils such as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and bin Laden.
The bell has tolled heavily for bin Laden.
We are now left to listen to the hand wringers worry about offending someone. America was greatly offended 10 years ago. The successful hunt and gunning down of bin Laden was a national obligation …