It was almost with disbelief that I read of the death of Osama bin Laden. In the past 10 years he had become a boogeyman — that haunting demon that might never, ever go away. Well, good riddance to bad rubbish.
That said, the handling of his death by the White House paints in utterly sharp tones the contrasts between the presiding administrations since 9/11. Rather than allowing it to become the dramatic, circus-like climax many Americans may have anticipated, it was appropriately and soberly portrayed as a standard, albeit hugely important, military operation in what should be standard operating procedure for eliminating global terrorism.
The eradication of that global criminal should be a national reminder that success takes time.
Hey, America, there is room for hope; change does come. Now let’s move on to some of the other cancers that plague the world — hunger, fuel costs, joblessness, an embattled, disrespected Congress, health care, etc., for it is those specters that now cause greater sleeplessness in the U.S.
We all should remember the lesson of patience. Acknowledge that, despite the immediacy of modern media, it takes well-planned, well-guided and well-executed strategies to make the world a better and safer place to live (regardless of the target).
I thank the president and his entire team for helping make the world safer for my family. Tonight, I will relish that one additional wink I now have the pleasure of taking.
Matthew Stephen Kovacevich, Auburn