So when we awoke this morning and learned that Osama bin Laden was dead, we shed no tears. He was an evil man, who brought shame to his nation, his family and his faith.
We have no idea whether bin Laden's death will deal any spiritual blow to al Qaeda, shaking the confidence of its leaders or making them doubt their course. We are inclined to think not. It will surely deal them no operational blow. Honestly, al Qaeda has long been less of an organization and more of an "-ism."
Should he have lived to stand trial? Perhaps that would have been for the best. Nobody should claim this criminal as a martyr. We would have liked to see him in the dock at the Hague, and best of all to imagine him spending his life in prison. If we had our way, it would have been Spandau, for all the symbolic resonance.
And yet, even if that would have been the better course, we can't find ourselves complaining too very much. This outcome gives us a certain ... we will not call it pleasure, but ... satisfaction.