Osama Bin Laden is Dead. at last we have reached an endpoint to the American Led conflicts in the Middle East. I know that terrorism will not end with Bin Ladens death, and I know that al Qaida still exists and is a real threat. BUT. As far as the point and purpose of going into Afghanistan, the response to the 9-11 attacks, is complete. just like in Chess, when you take the King, the game is over. Now I understand that's an oversimplification, but it doesnt need to be any more complicated than that. As I heard a commenter on the news monday, "As Americans, our day is July 4th, not Sept 11th" When do we return to being a nation of freedom instead of a nation of security? how much longer do we have to go in this direction of fear response to the rest of the world and start to lead? (and I don"t say lead "again" because I think the world needs a different kind of example from the US that it has gotten in the past) We should be showing the world how great it could be, we should be an example of conduct and honor in all those things we do, and encourage regions like the Middle east to reform and establish democratic systems of government in their own image, if we do this, and yet still the people of the Middle East elect anti American Leaders, we can handle it... Killing Osama Bin Laden is not the end of the conflicts we face in the region, but it can be the beginning of the end. Let us show the world that our fervor for revenge will not consume us, and that we will stop when we are vindicated, Justice has been done. The consequenses of the 9-11 attacks have been brought to those responsible, and now, after nearly ten years, we can move on. and move into the 21st century with progress and hope in mind, not fear and more years under this abstract war.
Clearly, no Collector spotlight this past weekend. I was glued to the tv watching the news of OBL's Death.