Posted by: Editorial Post
in The Way We See It on May 08, 2011
From the May 8, 2011 CSI Walworth County Sunday "The Way we see it" column:
As news broke last Sunday that Navy Seals had killed al-Qaida mass murderer Osama bin Laden, we were struck by the youthful face of the spontaneous celebrations that erupted across the country. Thousands of flag-waving college-age students took to the streets of Washington, D.C., New York City and elsewhere to cheer the news, reminding a war-weary nation that for most people under the age of 20, terrorism has always cast a long shadow on the homeland, with bin Laden as Bad Guy No. 1. For young people whose childhood dreams too often were haunted by the awful images of Sept. 11, 2001, bin Laden’s demise indeed is cathartic.
President Obama, meanwhile, should be commended for his fidelity to the Bush administration policy that made the death or capture of bin Laden a national priority. Obama’s approach to the war on Islamic terror might be largely feckless, but when given an opportunity to take out the symbol of worldwide jihad, he didn’t wilt. His self-referential speech Sunday was difficult to stomach, but in this case, it’s easy to take the bad with the good.