Terrorism is unquestionably an evil. It must be eliminated. It is inhuman, and humanity must take all steps to exterminate it.
This, unfortunately, involves fighting and often killing those who persist in clinging to and perpetrating this wrong.
Our president’s somber face and manner in announcing the death of Osama bin Laden embodies, for me, my feelings about this act. It expressed well the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner”: “then conquer we must, when our cause it is just.”
I was saddened, however, at the elation and glee expressed by the crowds pictured on television. Such elation would certainly be appropriate if terrorism itself had been wiped out, but rejoicing over the killing of a man, however malicious he may have been, certainly seems like children playing video games where destruction is a mere picture unrelated to humanity.