Commentary: Osama bin Laden finally brought to justice

The Sacramento BeeMay 2, 2011 

The people of the United States and other nations have waited almost 10 years to hear these words:

"I can report to the American people and to the world that the U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden," President Barack Obama told the nation.

Bin Laden was the embodiment of evil, a medieval mass murderer who used modern technology and nihlistic suicide attackers in what ultimately will be a failed attempt to destroy this country and the freedom for which it stands.

On the day that bin Laden was killed, we celebrate, give thanks, mourn and hope that his terrorist network has been dealt a serious blow.

We celebrate the intelligence officers who toiled in anonymity to locate bin Laden and ultimately to kill him in a firefight in a palace outside Islamabad, Pakistan.

We mourn and remember the souls who happened to be in the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, and the firefighters and police officers who died trying to save them, 2,752 in all.

We mourn, too, the 184 civil servants and others who died when a hijacked jet flew into the Pentagon, and the 40 heroes aboard United Airlines Flight 93 who foiled bin Laden's agents in their attempt to fly the jet into some other landmark, probably the Capitol or White House.

We thank the soldiers who have fought two wars that, for better or worse, resulted from U.S. efforts to counter bin Laden's evil. We also take time to remember the more than 4,450 Americans who have died in Iraq, and more than the 1,550 who have died in Afghanistan.

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