I don't know how I feel about this. Is it closure from Sept. 11? Is it justice? Is it frightening to think of retaliation? Is it meaningful in the so-called war on terror? What happens next? How will this change our military actions? Do we believe that Pakistan didn't know?
I'll let more-informed heads than mine parse out the diplomatic and militaristic ramifications. I hope the survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and the families of those who were lost feel some measure of justice and relief. I hope too that people in Afghanistan and Pakistan can eventually feel safe--I had no idea he had also arranged the killing of 30,000 Pakistanis. But I know this, I did not feel safer sending my kids to school today or considering heading into the city for my doctor's appointment tomorrow. The complacency I had happily fallen into sometime in the last ten years was gone in an instant. I think I feel less safe, more concerned. He seems more dangerous dead than alive, since he hadn't managed much in the last few years, that I know of, but could now be an inspirational martyr to a resurgence in terrorist violence here and abroad. Hopefully, I'm wrong. Perhaps I will feel relieved later.
Which wasn't how I would've expected to feel with such news.