Bin Laden's challenge to American exceptionalism

May 08, 2011

One of the things that really bugged us about Osama bin Laden was his brilliance as a military strategist. He challenged Americans' sacrosanct self-image of invincibility as measured in military might.

In doing so, he forced us to question our sense of God-given exceptionalism and superiority as a nation. This could not stand. It explains the triumphant chest-thumping in response to his killing, something that goes well beyond satisfaction from knowing that the perpetrator of vast crimes has been laid low.


John G. Bailey, Edgemere

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.