Monday, May 09, 2011

On Pointe and in a Tutu

There has been a certain amount of legalistic chatter about the legality and morality of gunning down bin Laden at a moment when he wasn't actually manning a machine gun.  I think this is nonsense.

Not because he deserved it, even though he richly did.

Not because justice was done, it wasn't.

Because this is war, and killing the enemy is what you do.  Most of the people killed in war are far less culpable than bin Laden, but if they are trying to kill us, we need to kill them first.  Even if they are on pointe and in a tutu, or pajamas.

The SEALS carried out a very dangerous mission at great risk to themselves and even managed to avoid most collateral casualties.  Congratulations to them, and all those who supported their efforts.