It's been just over a week since an elite team of Navy SEALs went into Pakistan and took out Osama bin Laden. Nearly 10 years after the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, the psychological impact of getting this mass murderer is significant.
For many of us, in New York and Washington especially, the failure to bring bin Laden to justice made it impossible to fully grieve for our lost friends, our lost sense of security and our lost innocence. His demise means we can finally begin to heal. Some of that healing took the form of spontaneous celebrations in front of the White House, in Times Square and in front of televisions all over the country.
But while most people have treated the bin Laden mission as closure for a painful period of American history, a small but vocal group of would-be shrinks is throwing a wet towel on our collective good feeling, warning that, if anything, Osama's death is a reflection of what a horrible nation we've become.
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