Bin Laden Dead: As Only the NY Post Can
I have loved the New York Post newspaper for years and years. It is, by far, the spunkiest newspaper on the planet (minus those in England that are equally spicy). When I was at seminary in Indiana, there was a time when I ordered a mail subscription of the Post (the newspaper would be delivered about a week after it was published). The paper just has the way of delivering the news with a New York attitude. Not to say anything bad about the other papers that service the New York Tri-State area, but the Post brings it everyday with a vibrancy that is second to none.
I know, I know – the Post can be sort of trashy, at times. Yet, it is the newspaper that that gives New Yorkers (and former New Yorkers) a terrific round up of local news from a New York perspective. And their sports section and opinion pages are pretty darn good, as well.
With the terrorist thug Osama Bin Laden rotting at sea this morning, I couldn't wait for the Post to hit the newsstands (or their iPad app) with their spin on this joyous news.
The son of a bitch is dead.
Yesterday, nine years and 19 days after Osama bin Laden unleashed unprecedented death and destruction upon America, US Special Operations commandos brought the master terrorist to ground in Pakistan — shooting him to death and gaining a measure of retribution for the horror of 9/11.
President Obama summed it it up with eloquence last night:
"Americans did not choose this fight. [It] came to our shores," he said. "Justice has been done."
As indeed it has.
The message of the bin Laden killing is this: We are not the "weak horse" Obama bin Laden said we were after we left Somalia in 1993.
We are still here.
And he rots in hell.
US officials are considering burying Osama bin Laden at sea. But New Yorkers celebrating at Ground Zero had other ideas:
Jim Walkenburgh, 32, wants to "hang his body from the Empire State Building."
Lauren Barden, 18, said, "I'd put the body in a plane without a pilot and crash it into the Victory Arch [in Baghdad]." Her mom was inside the World Trade Center when a plane hit — and survived.
"If we buried him, it's kinda like honoring him — so I'd burn it or something dishonorable," said Hartley Cavallaro, 19.
Andrew McTaggart, 41, was standing with hundreds of others near the buildings rising from the ashes, all of them chanting "F – – – bin Laden." He said, "I'd bronze it and stick it in Central Park!"
Years from now, with generations long passed, we will better understand the bookends of our times. The first started an era and came on that blue-sky morning of Sept. 11, when the Twin Towers fell and, in an instant, the world changed.
The second came last night, when word spread like wildfire. What? Bin Laden dead?
Yes, yes, thank God, yes…
We can expect desperate bids at retaliation, and it is possible "sleeper" cells are awaiting just this incident to launch their missions. But a long, bloody chapter ended in a firefight in Pakistan.
The man who launched the madness has now, finally, met the fate he so long deserved and America has kept faith with those who went to work on 9/11 and never came home. A promise made, a promise kept.
And the paragraph that summed up with the last ten years meant to our country, by President Barack Obama last night from the White House:
The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly ten years of service, struggle and sacrifice we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time, as commander-in-chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one. Or look into the eyes of service member whose been gravely wounded. So Americans understand the costs of war.
He maybe dead, but the struggle and war continue for America.