Because I was watching a mediocre movie, although with great music (Crossroads), I didn't get the word until about half an hour after President Obama's announcement. Then couldn't sleep, just watched for incoming reports and reactions for many hours. Details aside, this is good. A foreign born friend said this morning, "These Americans, you can't wrong them and expect to get away with it. They will come after you until they get you. I'm in awe of you people." President Obama made the right decision not to bomb the place, but rather have an American shoot him in the head. Good for him, good for us. The event--how planned, carried out, and so on--reveals much about both our capacities and our character as a people. The public rejoicing was also revealing--from West Point, to Ground Zero, to Washington--mostly the young were expressing spontaneous joy, but then another camera to soldiers in a camp in Afghanistan upon hearing of bin Laden's death. No cheering, no noise, no fear. Quiet sobriety from men at work. Impressive. You Americans are a towering and thrilling people and you will be remembered for that and the things for which you stand. May the good Lord keep you.
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