The Edmond Sun

Our View

May 2, 2011

Terrorist reign ends

EDMOND — The death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden this past weekend was long overdue. The American people have quietly gone about their daily routines for the past nine and a half years, but the exuberant display of rejoicing at the White House Sunday night shows that this action mattered deeply to us as a nation.

Finding bin Laden inside a million-dollar compound not far from the Pakistani capital helps deflate the growing myth and legend surrounding him as a leader of his disaffected people. The ideal of bin Laden roughing it inside caves and hideouts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border may have inspired some of his followers that he truly was one with them and their aims, but we hope his ignoble end reveals the truth about this very rich man who was really nothing more than a master manipulator of both people and imagery.

We believe Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb is right when he said “This death does not fill the void of those we lost on 9-11 or those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror.” He commended all of the men and women who have contributed to the ongoing manhunt.

As a religious people, it’s often difficult to juxtapose the warring feelings of relief and celebration at the death of someone who so greatly wounded our nation against the belief that killing is immoral. It’s hard to know if the innate reaction of celebration is really becoming of an advanced and moral society.

For those who believe in a just society, we savor that this evil is no longer able to reach out and harm us as individuals or as a nation. Gov. Mary Fallin encouraged Oklahomans to keep the victims of 9-11 in their thoughts and prayers as they process the news of bin Laden’s death. That is perhaps the best way for us all to move forward by honoring the legacy of those we have lost.

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