An American friend with conservative leanings made this comment at the news of Osama Bin Laden's death:
"No celebrating in the streets. We want to be better than our enemies."
I think that's about right. The celebrations in the streets of New York and Washington were very understandable, given the experiences of those cities, but I watched them with some unease. The world has breathed a sigh of relief at the news that Bin Laden is no longer around to mastermind atrocities, and those who have suffered at his initiative will understandably feel some sense of justice. However, a time for remembering and reflection is more appropriate for most of us.