Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that runs Gaza, is mourning the death of Osama bin Laden. And Hamas has just concluded a pact with the so-called Palestinian Authority (PA), or Fatah, the group that the U.S. recognizes and to whom we give lavish foreign aid.
To anyone who has bought into all of these symbols, I have one thing to say. If you want to honor the 9/11 tragedy, forget about symbols and remember real human beings. More death and killing won't help.
Coming at a time in which the country is all but paralyzed politically, there is tremendous spillover power in this accomplishment. Can this real and tangible victory produce conditions that can lead to more successes?
The main character in the play, Willy, never had the charisma or success that he craved while, in some perverse way, Osama did. But both were traveling salesmen living on pat successes and both were ultimately failures.
To imagine that the coalition in Afghanistan can create a functioning economy and establish civilian and military bureaucracies through some "government in a box" highlights the ignorance and arrogance of our central planners in Washington.
The words of Dr. King -- "Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" -- invite us to a higher calling than seeking "an eye for an eye," for, as he reminded us, if that's what we're about, everyone ends up being blinded.