If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN
For the first and only time since launching its all-out post-9/11 War on Terror nearly ten years ago, the U.S. has been applauded by most - a majority! - of the world community for an outcome of this, by definition, never-ending war: the tracking down and killing of Osama bin Laden, 9/11's evil mastermind.
The headlines hailed bin Laden's demise as a clear-cut major victory of Good over Evil, albeit essentially symbolic. Showered with kudos were the elite U.S. commandos for pulling off the daring operation with impressive skill, as was President Obama for his cool, deliberative manner that led him as commander-in-chief to give the gutsy "go ahead" order.
The news of bin Laden's death inspired some--intoxicated by a heady brew of high-octane patriotism and self-righteousness--to party in the streets, incoherent but for boisterous shouts of "USA! USA!" Most celebrated their "good riddance" gratitude more soberly, content simply feeling the joy of being proudly on the side of righteousness while savoring the delicious, if naughty pleasure of revenge having been seriously exacted.