A Navy SEAL team killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday, closing a chapter in the Global War on Terror. While this is a very welcome development, it’s doubtful that there’s a whole lot of real meaning in this. Other than our instinctive relief that a terrorist mastermind who had evaded being held to account for so long is now dead, Bin Laden has been operationally ineffective for many years now and this development changes very little from our national security perspective. The war on terror continues.
I feel somewhat let down that such a development seems to lack the kind of meaning I would have expected it would have for me. An old, broke-down terrorist leader is gone. Of that I am relieved, but I’m still going to be subjected to intrusive bodily inspections at the airport, I’ll still be seeing stories about how foreign nationals from middle eastern countries are being smuggled across our southern border, and there will be other incidents of terrorism by radical islamists such as those responsible for Fort Hood, the underwear bomber, and Times Square. This just doesn’t likely change a whole lot.
Kudos to the SEAL Team that pulled this off, though. An operation like this is fraught with risk and they appear to have performed admirably, in the highest traditions of the service.
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