If we believe that one life - perhaps even our own - is worth giving up for a change that brings hope to thousands or millions of others, then this third way begins to look like a path worth exploring.
September 11 removed us further from our liberal traditions, which had once considered undue government surveillance as a violation of civil liberties, while a previously unimaginable concept like torture suddenly became a topic worthy of "debate."
Based on data that we seized from al Qaeda in 2007, we were able to build a portrait of al Qaeda in Iraq as a business -- and a business that ran quite differently than conventional wisdom would suggest.
The Pakistani army decided to sacrifice the head of the monster in order to preserve the body; giving up OBL to U.S. intelligence in order to continue leveraging the jihadists as a tool of Pakistani foreign policy.
As Stalin used to say, "no man, no problem." So will the killing of Osama bin Laden by US Special Force Seals in Abbotabad, Pakistan last Sunday night end America's long ordeal with extremist groups from the Muslim world?