A monster meets his destiny

Osama bin Laden's death emphasizes America's inevitable victory in war on terrorism

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Rarely in human history has one man's demise been so long anticipated and so gratefully embraced.

Osama bin Laden was a cancer on humanity, a pox on civilization, a walking, talking manmade disaster whose raison d'être was hatred and whose livelihood was the killing of innocents.

Poet John Donne famously wrote that "Any man's death diminishes me." Donne never met Osama bin Laden.

Sunday night's jubilation over the Terrorist-in-Chief's belated death, deliciously at the hands of U.S. special forces, was one part New Year's Eve and another part July Fourth. The United States, again -- at great cost, again -- has done mankind a favor it can never pay back.

Truly, God bless America.

That bin Laden survived to torment his enemies and inspire his dark minions for so long is a testament to how many lost souls exist in the world. Yet, the nearly decade-long wait seemed to make the sudden news of his end all the sweeter.

Bin Laden and his flying monkeys vastly, and fatally, underestimated America's strength and resolve. They probably never expected us to come after them and to stay after them indefinitely. They see and hear our internal dissent and think we're hopelessly divided. They watch our military's care and caution in hunting down terrorists and write it off to weakness.

They don't get us. They never will.

Some are calling this the end of the war on terrorism. Hardly. The head has been sliced off, but this is a many-headed beast filled with undying hatred of freedom, of individualism, of women's emancipation and of every other religion. As long as radical Islam harbors such unrelenting disdain for others, and for this life itself, this war will never end.

But we were reminded Sunday, gloriously and mercifully, that it is a war we are destined to win -- and just what absolute prehistoric Neanderthal losers we're battling: One of them hid behind a woman in Sunday's fateful firefight.

Did we say "losers"? Sorry. We meant xenophobic, misogynistic, spineless, nihilistic, reprobate losers.

Yes, the war will go on. Yes, the sad-sack soldiers from the seventh century may get lucky from time to time and score some more innocent souls. But the die is cast, the outcome certain.

The verifiable end to this clash of civilizations could only be hastened if all right-thinking Muslims around the world celebrated this victory with us -- openly, unashamedly -- and joined us in the fight to come.

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faithson
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faithson 05/03/11 - 01:05 am
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Mr. Ryan, you could have

Mr. Ryan, you could have focused on 'justice' instead of this tirade of invectives you assembled. Your puerile attempt to editorialize the magnitude of this event is just that, puerile. Reminds me of childish name calling.

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charliemanson 05/03/11 - 04:18 am
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Whenever you open up a

Whenever you open up a history book, Obama's face will be the face staring at you as the President who took down one of the most evil threats in the 21st century just like Ronald Reagan's face has been staring at you for the last quarter of a century for taking down one of the most evil empires during the 20th century - the Soviet Union.

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Brad Owens 05/03/11 - 04:32 am
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faithson, This is less about

faithson,

This is less about justice and more about the reckoning.

Brad

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/03/11 - 06:05 am
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osama met his demise IN SPITE
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osama met his demise IN SPITE of obama.

fred1217
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fred1217 05/03/11 - 06:08 am
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George W. Bush, Dick Cheney,

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and even the Fox News Network showed integrity and class by praising President Obama and his Administration for killing Osama Bin Laden. For an Editorial page that detracts and demonizes President Obama on a daily basis to not acknowledge this as a success for him and his administration speaks volumes on the character and ingrained hatred of the newspaper for our Commander in Chief. It would have been better if you ran an editorial demonizing the members of the Richmond County Commission today and skipped the Osama Bin Laden story all together. I do believe that the ACES is in the minority on this one, as I saw Americans proud to be Americans yesterday, from New York, to Washington and from the heartland to the southland. I hope that businesses and companies that are considering relocating to Augusta will not think that your Editorial is representative of the thinking of our fair city. Thank you President Obama for having the "arrogance" to take out Osama Bin Laden.

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carcraft 05/03/11 - 07:20 am
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fred1217-Interesting that

fred1217-Interesting that Obama has not given any credit to George Bush and Dick Cheney- Gitmo-whom Obama villified and promise to close housed the villians that gave up the information on Ben Laden's courier. Enhanced interrogation that forced these evil men to give up the information on Ben Laden's couriers was denounced by the left and castagated by Obama, some even went so far as to threatened to try George Bush on war crimes charges. Indeed many who posted here called Bush un American and worse. Invading and caring out military operations in a country not at war and not posing an imminant threat is unconstitutional according to Obama and the left- Now they want all the glory for following information obtained by George Bush etc. So lets give credit where credit is due! Thank God George Bush with stood all the criticism and stuck to doing what he knew was right-It gave Obama an opertunity to succeed at something!

noaharkwright
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noaharkwright 05/03/11 - 06:53 am
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This editorial is rather

This editorial is rather creepy.

copperhead
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copperhead 05/03/11 - 07:28 am
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Why get rid of the body so

Why get rid of the body so quickly? Killed and buried in 2 hours. There is SOMETHING really strange about this.

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Rhetor 05/03/11 - 07:44 am
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Osama Bin Laden was indeed

Osama Bin Laden was indeed evil. All the same, the failure of this editorial to give any credit at all to President Obama--who made a risky decision on the basis of limited information--is quite unfortunate. It is especially regrettable in the wake of yesterday's editorial, which explicitly, and unfairly, criticized Obama's patriotism. The rest of the country rejoices, while you simmer in hatred. You are editors of a major newspaper. Please learn to act the part.

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billcass 05/03/11 - 08:14 am
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Let us give credit where it

Let us give credit where it is due. President Bush deserves credit for initiating this endeavor and for authorizing the interrogation techniques that led to this monster's death. President Obama deserves credit for authorizing the mission that finally got him. But mostly the Navy Seals who carried out this dangerous mission deserve credit for their valor.

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effete elitist liberal 05/03/11 - 08:29 am
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I echo the comments already

I echo the comments already made about Mike Ryan's overt, insistent refusal to mention President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief who made the important and courageous decisions about means, methods and timing in the final mission to get bin Laden. Ryan's own decision is mean-spirited, completely partisan, sadly pathetic, and un-American. I disagree completely with with almost every Ryan editorial, but I never questioned his patriotism before. Today, I do. Shame on you, Mike Ryan. If you had any real sense of journalistic ethics or fundamental American fairness, you would resign.

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nofanofobama 05/03/11 - 08:30 am
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i congratulate obama on

i congratulate obama on making the correct call on finishing the job started on 9-12-01. however his speeches alway emphasis I, when it was a long standing policy to kill or capture this thug, and. that included tatics he condemned. remember it was not to long ago that HOLDER wanted to prosecute our CI agents for using the enhanced tatics such as water boarding that helped gather much of the information used in tracking doen this thug.. this aministration also took credit for sucess in iraq. ..all americans need to celebrate the demise of this thug..but it was a joint operation, involving thousands of personnel and years of painstaking putting pieces of the puzzle togeather despite those dims that hate our military and intelliegence gathering agencies.. no obama pulled the trigger **fanatastic **his speech should have had only one I--thanks to our great and wonderful couintry the men and womens who sacrfice for our sakes etc..I had the privelege to pull the trigger thats all. god bless america

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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 09:22 am
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I always try to point out

I always try to point out facts that get past the emotionalism. Of course this often ticks many off.

Number Two is probably as happy as we are and has already become their leader plotting even more evil attacks.

Next. The information to find Obama was obtained in the secret CIA "black sites" in eastern Europe that were so despised by the liberals using who knows what means to interrogate prisoners. It looks like the value of these camps and enhanced interrogation techniques has been proved right.

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Jon Lester 05/03/11 - 08:39 am
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Is anyone else struck by the

Is anyone else struck by the odd juxtaposition of this editorial with the one about the Carrie Underwood gospel song, in the same day's edition?

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Pay What U Owe 05/03/11 - 09:00 am
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1 - Rhetor, that is a damned

1 - Rhetor, that is a damned lie! They are NOT the editors of a major newspaper! They are not even real journalists! They are upscaled internet cranks with access to a printing press! Get your facts straight!

2 - There is zero evidence that waterboarding or other interrogation techniques made a difference. It can't be ruled out but it can't be proven or used as justification to continue to doing them. For all any of you know, one of them just decided to sing like a bird.

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burninater 05/03/11 - 09:01 am
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ACES gives away the game here

ACES gives away the game here when their only suggestion of our Commander-in-Chief's role in this is through the parallel construction of "Terrorist-in-Chief". Opinion sources that can't relinquish their blind resentment of our President on such a unifying occasion marginalize themselves as petty and emotionally incapable of rising above their obsessive compulsive habits.

Flying monkeys was a nice touch, though.

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burninater 05/03/11 - 09:07 am
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Pay What, it's reported that

Pay What, it's reported that the key identity of the courier was learned from the al qaeda Number 3 at an Eastern Europe rendition facility. I'm not a fan of "enhanced interrogation" either, but we need to consider all the facts when we debate how we should behave as a nation, not just the facts that only support our own opinion.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 09:21 am
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Burn, thanks.

Burn, thanks.

noaharkwright
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noaharkwright 05/03/11 - 09:31 am
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I don't necessarily agree

I don't necessarily agree that Michael Ryan needs to resign, in the same way that I don't necessarily think that all cancers are fatal.

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Beck Tears 05/03/11 - 09:40 am
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For people who are

For people who are complaining about Obama's speech using the word "I" more then once, you should go back and count how many times he gave credit to others and the country versus how many times he mentioned himself. Well over 80 times others were mentioned while himself less then 10.

A lot of credit goes to Obama who was laughed at and mocked by the folks of the right during his run for President when Obama said he would send troops into Pakistan if there was good intelligence on the location of bin Laden.

When the dust settles, and more is known, everyone will see that water boarding a guy over a 180 times did not lead to any credible information, and as Americans who are suppose to be law abiding citizens with morals and a conscience, which gives us the ability to be sicken and disgusted with people like bin Laden- torturing is never acceptable.

Good job Riverman for writing Obama when you meant Osama.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 09:55 am
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Mike Ryan deserves a raise

Mike Ryan deserves a raise for all these liberal readers he has attracted to the editorial page of a conservative newspaper. Good job.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 10:00 am
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Beck said, "Good job Riverman

Beck said, "Good job Riverman for writing Obama when you meant Osama."

Ha..I did.

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fd1962 05/03/11 - 10:14 am
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Sorry, Riverman, we're only
Unpublished

Sorry, Riverman, we're only rubber-necking the hulk of a rusting bucket on life-support. Chronicle can't sell this daily deal.

sloanec
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sloanec 05/03/11 - 10:13 am
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It would have shown good

It would have shown good sportmanship to also congratulate the administration as Trump and Rumsfield did.

dani
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dani 05/03/11 - 10:18 am
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The information used to get

The information used to get Bin Laden was obtained in 2004 as all the news articles will tell you..but Obama made the final call. If it had ended badly he would have suffered the blame. Although the Seals did the hard part, we have to give Obama credit for finally showing some courage.

God Bless the USA...
Our enemies are now aware that America is NOT a weak country.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 10:21 am
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FD1962, fair observation that

FD1962, fair observation that this newspaper and most have had it....as traditional newspapers. But news information is becoming more prevalent over the internet. People know more and comment more than they ever have in history. Newspapers are becoming newsreporting organizations. We have more spirited debates here than a roomful of Democrats and Republicans drinking free liquor from the lobbyists and unions.

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YankeeInvasion 05/03/11 - 10:23 am
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Riverman:Mike Ryan deserves a

Riverman:Mike Ryan deserves a raise for all these liberal readers he has attracted to the editorial page of a conservative newspaper. Good job.

We were here long before Mike Ryan, trust me. The ACES OPEDs are getting more and more ridiculous since he came aboard, and we are coming together to call out the ridiculous stances and embarrassing comments that they seem to think represents everyone in this area. You think we really get our news from this paper? I've seen many times over how facts are eliminated in local stories to prop up or protect their far right buddies and good ol' boys. They've duped a lot of people, but certainly not the liberals.

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Riverman1 05/03/11 - 10:27 am
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YankeeInvasion said, "

YankeeInvasion said, " They've duped a lot of people, but certainly not the liberals."

You guys must be pretty smart. We can't get anything past you liberals, alright. Having you all here adding "clicks" to the Chronicle advertizements must be a secret way to get back at them?

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Patty-P 05/03/11 - 10:34 am
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Why does everything have to

Why does everything have to be about liberals, conservatives, or the like?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/03/11 - 10:40 am
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All newspapers are slanted

All newspapers are slanted one way or the other and all newspapers are going broke. There is no correlation between the two.

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