Bin Laden dead? Good to party like a munchkin

May 09, 2011

I completely disagree with Alan Eason ("After bin Laden, a time for reflection," May 6) and side strongly with Midshipman Hans Vreeland ("Midshipman: This is why we celebrated bin Laden death," May 6) and his comparison of the celebration by midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy to that of the munchkins in the Wizard of Oz after Dorothy's house crushes the Wicked Witch of the East.

The spontaneous celebration was appropriate.

Like many on the far left, Mr. Eason doesn't seem to get it. Osama bin Laden was the epitome of pure evil, and his innermost desire was to kill every American including Mr. Eason. He was a despicable coward, a butcher of innocent men, woman and children, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Documents obtained in the raid indicate upcoming plans to attack an American train station. The result would certainly be more dead innocent men, women and children. Our national celebration is not just about the past, or about revenge, it's also about limiting the ability of a group of radical thug cowards to commit atrocities in the future.

In addition, we are celebrating the accomplishment of our armed forces, of which Midshipman Vreeland will one day be a part. I seldom agree with President Obama, but I applaud him for this mission. He made the right call, and he deserves the gratitude of the American people for what has been accomplished. And we cannot forget the heroics of the forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not just the amazing SEALs but the rank and file service men and women as well. We are celebrating that we are blessed to have such fine, dedicated professionals protecting our interests around the globe.

President Obama and his team were much kinder to the terrorist leader than I would have been, but the end result is that bin Laden is lying at the bottom of the Arabian sea with half his head blown off, and that's really all that matters.

I'm sure Midshipman Vreeland will make a fine officer, and make us all proud one day. If Mr. Eason would prefer to reflect than celebrate, he can do so. Because while he's having his somber moment of reflection with Dan Rodricks, I'll be doing enough celebrating for the three of us. Ding-dong, the witch is dead.

Michael DeCicco, Severn

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