As our president reminded us, bin Laden did not represent Islam. The Quran explicitly states that no soul shall be responsible for the sins of another. Terrorism, which targets innocents who had no part in a crime, fundamentally violates this Quranic commandment.
It will not always unite us as a country, or give us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside the way the hunt for bin Laden did, but maybe we can now turn our attention to the pursuit of domestic nation-building.
In truth, I'm happy in the face of what I write because I have an outlet for all my feelings. My upbeat attitude has been shaped by creating a new and different conversation about loss, and the relationship I have with my readers.