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Vail Daily Editor and Publisher Don Rogers: What’s there to cheer?

Don Rogers
editor@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

Jubilation followed news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Justice bears more gravity.

Americans indulged in a bit of bloodlust, although who could blame us in the moment Sunday night, cheering and dancing and singing “God Bless America”?

But it’s not as if al-Qaida suddenly were defanged, a decade after 9/11 and those awful crashing airliners.

Terrorism will continue, and maybe even pick up as fanatics seek to avenge bin Laden.

None of our precious lives lost are coming back because he’s gone. Troops are not packing up in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result.

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The world is no safer for the raid, sadly enough.

This was no triumph of one U.S. president over another. It’s unworthy of “my unfairly beat-upon prez turned out better than yours” partisan taunting, as I read in my email on Monday. As if a president had much of anything to do with this.

Nothing of note has changed from the day before we got him. The sun will rise in the east, set in the west, and the conflicts at the core of this killing will continue with other combatants.

What we have here is a Clint Eastwood movie moment. Killing bin Laden made our day.

You can run, but you can’t hide.

America might be broken, but we still could hunt down the bad guy, eventually. Don’t mess with the big dog. We’re still the greatest.

You can just see John Wayne and Ronald Reagan tipping back their Stetsons.

Feels good, but it can’t last, unfortunately. There’s not really a whole lot to cheer about here.

The SEAL team aimed to capture bin Laden, sort of, knowing he’d most likely fight back and would not be taken alive. For justice to be served, that was fine. They saved many months of trial, and more until the obvious sentence was rendered. Depending, of course, on where that trial took place.

Justice rolls in black robes and somber tones. Paying the price for a crime does have a certain closure to it, a certain sense of rightness in a chaotic world.

Somehow, though, cheering seems a little out of place for such a grave value. It’s understandable, but hardly uplifting if you think about it.

This man stood for the destruction of us and our ways. This is a tale of living and dying by the sword.

Might there be a double edge to the justice we delivered to bin Laden?

The cheering of our hordes outside the gates of power looked a lot like the cheering in world hotspots when the U.S. is delivered a deadly setback.

When does the cycle stop?