Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

bin Laden through the Looking Glass

I realize that Osama bin Laden was one of the most hated people on the planet, and, if (though it is a BIG if) he was still exercising control over al-Queda, significantly dangerous. I don't doubt for a moment that the world is a better place without him in it.

I am NOT a peacenik. I have no problem with war, as such; I understand that sometimes black ops are a necessary part of the business of a nation. If you tell me that a US military unit, acting under Presidential orders, invaded a sovereign nation, kicked down someone's front door, and killed him in front of his family, I will at least consider the possibility that it was necessary and appropriate. Under the right circumstances, I could see myself giving such an order. But I will always find the matter somewhat distasteful, and will always find it sad.

I find myself significantly disturbed by the reaction of my fellow citizens to the events of May 1. The general mood seems to be ghoulish pleasure in what was far more a revenge killing than a matter of national necessity. A reasonable reaction to this would be one of exhausted relief, but instead we get celebration. We are not the people I thought we were.

I find that I respect the President more, but like him less. I am somewhat amused that I can not determine whether I approve of him or not.

Uncle Hyena
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