Dear Marketplace Friend,
It took almost 10 years; the hunt has been relentless. It consumed the bulk of the Bush presidency, and it was the legacy handed to the current president: the international hunt for Osama bin Laden is the initiative that has, in part, defined American foreign relations and actions since soon after the turn of the century.
Last night, President Obama announced the successful mission of a small cohort of American Special Forces in a suburb of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. In a mansion compound built for the express purpose of housing bin Laden, he was found and killed in a firefight that left him and one son dead. In the brief skirmish, reports said that bin Laden used a woman in the home as a human shield. It is reported this morning that his body was taken from the scene and later buried at sea, in respect to Muslim customs requiring burial within a day of death. It’s over… or, is it?
Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the 9/11 attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden’s death as a momentous achievement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done,” he said. No one argues that the death of bin Laden – as reported – was “just.” But, a huge question remains: has justice, in fact, been “done?”