It’s Sunday night, May 1, and I am in Tucson at our annual Commissioners conference. Was on the way back from dinner when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
I am not normally a vengeful person, but this is war; a war that was declared and started by bin Laden. So many people in our industry know people who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001; I knew three. But what happened that day affected us all in so many negative ways. He got what he deserved.
Was just watching Peter Bergen of CNN talk about all this. Peter was our keynote speaker at our annual in 2009 and he had interviewed bin Laden earlier in his career. I remember shaking Peter’s hand (and he’s a good guy, engaging fellow) and wondering if he’d shaken bin Laden’s hand and feeling a little strange about perhaps shaking a hand that may have shaken bin Laden’s.
By the way, Bergen said tonight that this really effectively “ends the war on terror” that everyone else, including al Aulaqi (al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula) is “a dwarf”. I so hope he is right. I know that we will need to remain vigilant, but I hope that from today on things will be better.