Today we celebrate the killing of Osama Bin Laden. There has been little to celebrate in our long, muddled effort against totalitarian Islam, so let’s relish this triumph.
I think of this as a tactical victory in the context of our strategic defeat in this war. We have yet to get serious and fight this war the way it should be fought. Altruism and egalitarianism have us so submissive to world opinion that we can’t even name the enemy. The existence of the Department of Homeland Security shows that our government would rather keep its own citizens in a permanent state of terror than destroy the enemy.
But we should not let our overall failure diminish this tremendous victory. Osama talked about how the people will side with the strong horse over the weak horse. Well, we’re still here and Osama is not.
We went into the heart of Pakistan, blocks from the country’s version of West Point and killed Bin Laden with no American casualties. This a demoralizing defeat for the enemy. It must have crossed every militant Islamist’s mind that if Osama can’t hide from us, no one can.
It gets better. Patterico opined that giving Osama a burial at sea was a big mistake by Obama. I disagree.
Imagine if Osama’s corpse were still high and dry somewhere like Guantanamo Bay. The disposal of that corpse would become a battleground in itself, and we would surely lose that battle. We would hear pious lectures from professional multiculti whiners about Arab sensibilities. We would surrender the dead body to Saudi Arabia, where his grave would become a holy shrine to Islamists. The enemy would win a symbolic victory.
Instead, we threw Osama’s dead ass in the sea. You want to lecture us about Islamic burial? Too late. Your boy is fish food.
I will go so far as to say that throwing Osama’s miserable carcass in the ocean is the high point of Obama’s presidency. Nothing else he has done pleases me half as much.
Tomorrow we will return to appeasement as usual. Tomorrow we will act like the national symbol is the ostrich. Today the eagle soars.