Of course I ran across people on the web bemoaning the fact that Americans celebrated the death of Bin Laden. They use words like "cringe" and "chilling". Academics and religious types, mostly. That tells you a lot right there.
One of them, a professor of religion, was reminded of the celebrating crowds of Muslims in response to 9/11 and wondered, "Are we becoming like them?"
God, what a tired old saw that is.
You get the same response from the anti-death penalty crowd: Shall we show our rejection of killing by killing? Doesn't that bring us down to the level of the killer?
Lemme break this down for ya, asshats. To take innocent lives by terror makes you a murderer. Killing the terrorist-murderer is not killing an innocent, but, a murderer. It's called just deserts. Why is that so hard to understand?
When someone robs someone, we put them in jail. They take mere property, but we deny them their freedom. How can we? Are we not robbers, too?
Maybe I have missed the point. It's ok to punish the wicked but we have feel bad about it?
Is that what makes us different from and better than them?
I have come to the conclusion that a lot of these high-minded moralizing Westerners do not really care about human life. They care about their own image. And underneath it, they have lost any sense that they have the right to defend themselves.