Days of celebration are rare these days. We slog through a bad economy and wrestle with social problems that show no signs of abating. We gripe and grumble, consumed by the trivial and overwhelmed by the significant.
Then we slay a monster.
Shortly after 9/11, I penned a letter to the Wichita Eagle. In it, I chastised the “pacifists” calling for no retaliation for the murderous acts of bin Laden and his followers. I called for rage, the noble kind of rage that sets one’s mind to righting a wrong no matter what. I averred that no sub-human who would kill thousands of innocents in the name of religion deserved any consideration whatsoever.
Osama bin Laden’s death is not revenge. It is the extermination of evil. No lover of life can tolerate him and his like to exist. The Navy Seals who killed him did the material part of the job. For that, they deserve our unending gratitude. Let them now know that every American who still has a soul was with them in spirit.
When George W. Bush made his speech nine days after the infamous attack, I disagreed with his policy decision of going after Al Qaeda. I advocated instead a declaration of war against any country harboring, training, or tolerating terrorists. I wanted the world to see that the United States would never stand for any foreign power supporting a direct attack on our soil. I wanted the answer to be swift and complete.
Now, ten years later, we stand together having delivered a tardy justice, but a justice nonetheless. No individual and no collection of psychopaths within or without our borders will ever get the best of a nation grounded in liberty. No nation will ever do unanswered harm to a country that lives and lets live until violated. No power on Earth will survive the rage of a people who resolve to eliminate an unrepentant threat.
May our collective rage remain clean and noble. May our message be clear and crisp. A bullet for bin Laden, a message for the world.