I don't know how I feel. On the one hand I am glad he is gone. He was a criminal first and foremost. I think he should have been brought to justice in a court of law, but sometimes that can't happen for any number of reasons. I am proud of the SEAL team 6 that once again conducted a high priority mission. They are **** good at what they do.
I am concerned however about the apparent 'nod and a wink' attitude of the Pakistani government, army and intelligence services who claimed that 'there is NO Al-queda in Pakistan.' I guess that was shown to be not true. I find it very very hard to believe that Bin Laden could have lived there for several years without knowledge and assistance of someone in the Pakistani system. They certainly have some explaining to do. I thought it telling that the Pakistani government was not informed until after the raid as there was a fear that pre-notification would have tipped him off.
All in all I grieve for all of those that have died because of Osama's actions in the past, and I grieve for the Arab world as a whole that has been branded extremist and terrorists because they are Muslim. Osama was about as Muslim as Al Capone was Catholic.
Lastly, I fear for the hellfire retribution that is certain to come in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While AQ may be hurt, they are far from crippled. Now they are **** as well. Not a good combination.
*** The opinions expressed herein are uniquely MY OWN and should not be construed as an endorsement of any sort by my employers or of any professional associations to which I hold membership. I can dig myself into holes just fine without their help, thank you very much***