The most measured and sensible and succinct response I’ve seen to the bin Laden news all day is this, from Eric Fidler on Twitter:
Remember on Sept 12, 2001, when you saw people in some places abroad celebrating death? Exactly. Don’t be like that.
I don’t defend the things that he did. He was a criminal. He was responsible for the deaths of countless thousands of people. His name became the watchword for the so-called War on Terror. His death comes as a full stop at the end of a chapter, a full stop that may represent a profound sense of relief to international governments and to the troops who have been fighting a war that was started in his name. All of those things are true. I don’t dispute any of them.
But we do not glory in the death of another human being. Ever.