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

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