Here is a sampling of the reactions we came across:
- Editor Dale Lott in Editorial Bent shares his relief at the news, but also his concerns about the subsequent celebrations. “To defend our loved ones and preserve our rights, we sometimes must wage war and deal death. But I’m uncomfortable with our accelerating slip into a time when peace has been taken from the earth, when the love of many has waxed cold, and when blood increasingly answers blood and everyone has a score to settle.” Read Dale’s post, On Justice and Vengeance.
- Eric Jepson wonders how the celebration is playing across the world, but likes its initial impact on domestic politics. “I think it’s cool that Obama called Bush before going on tv. I think it’s cool all the Bush administration folk are being cool. I hope the positivity lasts a full week.” Read Eric’s post, On Osama Obliterated.
- Jeff Westover is likewise glad the Osama is gone, but can find no real joy in his death. “Who gets the credit? Who gets the blame? As the world weighs these questions, almost as surely as the world turns on its axis, we ultimately have to ask ourselves if the post-Bin Laden world will be better after all. That isn’t up to him. That is up to us.” Read his post, No Closure for 9/11.
- Roger Hansen shares his concerns about the reaction resembling a sporting event. “Our troops did their job masterfully and professionally. We needn’t turn their act of valor into a carnival show.” Read Roger’s post, Joy of Killing.
- On a lighter note, film critic Eric Snider surveys tweets on bin Laden’s death that he finds fascinating from a purely sociological standpoint. “From a joke-writing standpoint, it is also fascinating.” Read Eric’s post, Even in Death, Bin Laden Entertains.