Quick Thoughts on Bin Laden’s Passing

Intellectually, I know Osama bin Laden’s death doesn’t change anything. Al Qaeda still exists. The Taliban is still as strong as ever. Our troops won’t be coming home from Afghanistan tomorrow, or probably anytime soon. Iraq is still a mess. Libya is still a mess. Nor will the death of Bin Laden solve the Israel/Palestine crisis.

Tomorrow, the Patriot Act will still be in force. Large segments of the population will still think torture is okay. And all of the people killed during 9/11 and the resulting wars will be still dead. No one’s coming back.

Killing Osama bin Laden won’t stop a single person from going hungry, nor will it educate a single child, or grant a single underprivileged person access to medical care. America is still massively in debt. Corporations still wield huge amounts of influence on our elected officials. And tomorrow, the right wing will still be inventing conspiracy theories about Obama.

But amidst all the problems, sometimes you just have to stand up and sing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”

I don’t know if evil really exists in the world, or if it’s simply a human construct. But if any individual could be said to be evil, Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. Well… qualified. So with that in mind: Huzzah! Major props to everyone involved; thanks for delivering us some good news.

Just revenge is sort of like soda. The calories are empty, but it sure tastes sweet going down.


“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
– Mark Twain