A bittersweet victory?
That day has come, as a Navy Seal team attacked a compound in a city just north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The plan was approved on Friday by President Obama and carried out yesterday. Apparently word came out late last night, but I didn't see it until this morning. The news reports show large groups of Americans cheering and celebrating, which is understandable. This has been a long dark night for the nation, but his death doesn't change things all that much. Al Qaida has lost much of its support and it's unlikely that bin Laden ran things day to day. But the symbolism remains.
The question is -- where do we go from here. The President termed this "justice is done." And there is some truth to this, but we still have troops to return home from Iraq and a war to conclude in Afghanistan. There is unrest elsewhere in the Muslim world and we must wait and see how all of this turns out.
So, my question is this: Is this not a bittersweet victory? This brings a chapter to an end, but the book is still being written. So, how do we want the next chapter to be written? That is the real question!