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2011-05-04 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's very well said, and you've framed it in a way I can relate to. I think my problem with the celebration is not so much the fact that bin Laden is dead, as the fact that it took 10 years and the deaths of several hundred thousand civilians to get to this point. If it were May 2002 and people were dancing in the streets, I'd find it distasteful, but as you say, it would be a minor impurity.
But for me the cost is just too high. The world may be slightly better without bin Laden in it, but it's vastly worse for the death and suffering of more people than I can really hold in my mind in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in other places affected by a decade of military devastation in the name of revenge for 9/11. OK, they weren't deliberately murdered, it was "only" collateral damage, but they're still just as dead. Not to mention that more Americans have died fighting the war than were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Even if bin Laden's killing ended the war, the damage would be felt years, decades, probably generations into the future. And honestly, at this late stage I don't think bin Laden's death will have any measurable effect in bringing the end of the war closer.
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