Crowds of mostly young people outside the White House are celebrating. Surely there is justification for bringing justice down upon terrorists. His death will undoubtedly change the nature of the world conflict for which 9/11 remains the signature event. But the hooting and chanting is unsettling and unthinking. It is as if those celebrants had just watched a team win a sporting event.
Celebrating at V-J Day marked the end of World War II. Bin Laden’s death is not an end. It is a sober reminder that many have died, and many more will die.