NEWS

Editorial: America's enemies on notice

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

America’s enemies have been reminded: We will come, we will find you, we will avenge the slaughter of our people.

The killing over the weekend of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces ends one long chapter in the country’s recent history. Ten years ago, before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, bin Laden was not a household name, though he was already among the most-wanted criminals in the eyes of the U.S. government, following such attacks as the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 1996 attacks on U.S. barracks in Saudi Arabia and the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Sept. 11 changed that, when the deaths of 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania shocked and outraged the country and made bin Laden easily the world’s most-known, most-hated terrorist, and made him public enemy No. 1. It took persistence to finally get him.

Yes, around the country there were spontaneous cheers and chants at word of bin Laden’s death, and that’s to be expected. But consider the reaction Monday of Wall Street traders, that is, those who lost friends and colleagues at ground zero on Sept. 11 and who work near there yet today. Theirs was less jubilant and more reflective, with a quiet determination to keep moving ahead. That’s fitting. The aim of the terrorist is to disrupt and intimidate, to tear at the social fabric by creating fear. The best response is to press on undeterred, remembering our losses and looking ahead with hope, not fear.

Most Western countries have been hit by terrorists, many by al-Qaida, but those governments also have been increasingly effective – as Germany was last week – in detecting and deterring attacks. It takes patience and determination. It takes a mixture of police work and military action. Ultimately, it sends a message to those who mean us ill: Yes, we will likely be bloodied from time to time, but we will not quit – and you will not prevail.

The Examiner of Independence, Mo.