The Kansas City Star, May 2
Finally a moment of unqualified victory
“…Bin Laden was the face of international terrorism. He was the personification of a menace unlike any foe the United States has faced.
Bin Laden declared war on America, and over the years al-Qaida was responsible for one outrage after another, including the 1993 attempt to topple the World Trade Center, the bombing of two U.S. embassies and the attempt to sink a U.S. warship.
But most of all he was personally identified with the act that incinerated nearly 3,000 innocent people.
Not only that act, but the malignant joy he took in the tragedy — as revealed in taunting videos — deserved a direct reply.
When it finally came, its nature spoke well of America and the competence and bravery of the CIA and military personnel who planned it…”
The New York Times, May 2
The long awaited news
“The news that Osama bin Laden had been tracked and killed by American forces filled us, and all Americans, with a great sense of relief. But our reaction was strongly tinged with sadness. Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the horror has not faded, nor has the knowledge of how profoundly our lives were changed.
Even as we now breathe a bit more easily, we must also remember that the fight against extremists is far from over. Al Qaeda may strike back, or other groups may try to assert their rising power. The reports of how Bin Laden’s lair in Pakistan was discovered and breached, the years of intelligence-gathering and the intensive planning for this raid, are all a reminder of just how hard this work is and how much vigilance and persistence matter…”
The Wichita Eagle, May 2
Dead at last
“Sunday night was the first time many Americans felt a true sense of justice since Sept. 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden was dead at last — no longer free to breathe, let alone sow bloodshed. Sunday’s operation, in which U.S. special forces bravely and brilliantly targeted bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan and killed him in a firefight, does not mean the threat of terrorism has passed or that the mission in Afghanistan is complete. But it held bin Laden accountable for his actions, delivering on a promise that President Bush made and Americans dearly wanted to see kept. “Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done,” Bush had vowed in his potent speech to Congress 10 days after the attacks. Justice for bin Laden proved maddeningly elusive…”