In his final moment, Osama Bin Laden must have known that the United States had finally caught up with him. This will be a matter of grim satisfaction to the families who lost their loved ones on 9/11.
The man who orchestrated the slaughter of innocents was, according to news reports, given an opportunity to surrender. But when you are dealing with U.S. Navy SEALS that opportunity does not last for long. And the man didn’t deserve a protracted moment. Most would say he deserved no moment at all.
In the coming days and weeks we will learn more about Bin Laden’s end and more about his ten years on the lam as America’s most wanted man.
He seems to have lived in some style, in a high-end neighborhood behind a big wall. Well, the wall wasn’t high enough, and the neighborhood wasn’t remote enough (some cave?) and the hard men around him were no match for the even harder men sent to get him.
The truly God fearing, regardless of faith, are required not to take satisfaction in the death of any human being. But all through history human beings have failed this test. And we fail it again this week. We have more than enough innocent life to mourn. That is a concept Osama Bin Laden never understood, and now never will.