We will refrain from flag waving and fist pumping today, although we certainly understand those who feel like celebrating.
But we will not pretend that the death of Osama Bin Laden, the self-proclaimed force behind the attacks of 9/11, isn’t satisfying.
Evil leaves a hole in our conscience that is only filled when justice is served. Sunday it was.
Bin Laden, and the men who flew four airliners into U.S. targets, always will be remembered as mass murderers, not martyrs.
The U.S. has sent an important message over the past 10 years, and our brave forces put an exclamation point on it Sunday night.
Over that time, many of the people who planned and carried out that attack have been killed by U.S. forces or captured and brought to justice in the U.S.
Sunday’s attack was for the dead of 9/11, for the office workers, the police, the firefighters, soldiers and aircraft passengers. It was for the 1,609 people who lost a spouse that day and for the 3,051 children who lost a parent.
It was for the 327 people who were not even U.S. citizens killed on 9/11, foreign nationals from 53 nations ranging from Argentina to to Venezuela.
It was for the thousands of parents who lost sons and daughters and for all the thousands of grieving family members and relatives.
International terrorism is a scourge, and Osama Bin Laden was its inspirational leader. The war against it is clearly not yet over.
But such killers now know the U.S. will not rest until justice is done.
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