I woke to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a CIA operation.
While I hope this brings some measure of comfort to the people who lost their loved ones on September 11, or people who lost their loved ones to the wars intended to flush him out, this does not fill me with happiness.
Because he has had an additional decade to inspire people to terrible actions. There are still teenagers who put away their soccer balls and schoolbooks in order to become suicide bombers. There is still an organization with a long reach carrying out operations. There are still hundreds of thousands of ordinary people, if not more, in harm’s way.
Today is Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah, and while I am grateful that Taxman’s immediate family made it out of Europe (my entire family was in America long before 1939), I feel like the lessons of the Holocaust are losing ground. Perhaps in this media-centric, 24-hour news cycle world, where we always know what’s happening everywhere, it’s hard to feel hopeful that peace really will come. Because the conflicts are still happening.
We say “Never Again,” meaning for Jews, but what about people scattered all over the Earth?
Update: Another perspective. H/T @devarim