It's not yet 48 hours since bin Laden's death was announced, and already the second-guessers and nay-sayers and cavilers and snivelers are coming out of the woodwork, as I knew they would.
I've seen a startling number of blog comments suggesting that it's "inappropriate" to celebrate bin Laden's death. One even claimed that the rejoicing in the US is no better than the celebration of the September 11 attack which erupted in some parts of the Muslim world back on that day.
What rubbish. Those who celebrated September 11 were cheering for the mass murder of innocent people. Those who celebrate now (including these Americans, please note) are cheering the death of one of the most bloody-handed monsters on the planet. This is no more "inappropriate" than celebrating the eradication of the AIDS virus would be.
Let me be blunt: Too many people, whether nominally religious or not, are still afflicted with Christianity's rotting-out and corruption of the natural moral sense. A fake morality of loving enemies, turning the other cheek, and renouncing violence in response to even the grossest evil -- this can't work in the real world and it's against human nature, but even many people who know better on a conscious level still carry its poisons down in the lower mental murk that gets stirred up on occasions like these.
Well, I don't, and nor does any psychologically-healthy person. I know the capacity for hatred exists in us for a reason, and there are people towards whom hatred is the appropriate feeling, and bin Laden was one of those people. I rejoice in his death without reservation, whether or not there is any deterrent effect on future terrorists. In a case like his, revenge for its own sake is more than just and more than adequate as a reason to kill.
The people celebrating in Washington, New York, and elsewhere, know that on a gut level, even if the scolds don't.
Worth reading: Christopher Hitchens on what kind of man bin Laden was.