"Bin Laden dies knowing he accomplished what he set out to do: destroy America. For fifteen years, he carefully dissected the weaknesses of our "democracy" and our capitalist economy. He demonstrated the fear will trump (pun intended) principles every time. He managed to reveal that America can torture with the best of tyrannies, that America can oppress its people economically, that America can take a thriving economy and turn it into a bankruptcy, and that America will elect the weakest possible leaders if given half a chance and a [SIC] immoral faction whose lust for power overwhelms their patriotism. Allah could not have handed him a better adversary than George W. Bush, a man so morally corrupt and politically inept that he managed to take a moment that could have united the entire world, including the Arabic street, behind him and make that same world ridicule him and hate us."
Yes, we have killed Osama Bin Laden -- after 10 years during which Al Qaeda, led by a man in ill health, has disseminated the preeminent global model for decentralized terrorism. We have killed Osama Bin Laden, and crowds have gathered in New York and Washington, including officers with fists in the air, to chant with satisfaction at having answered murder with murder, at having had the latest heaping helping in a by-now-regular diet of fear and rage. Remember the weakened, angry Germany in the years prior to Hitler's rise? Take a close look. This is what a declining nation looks like.