We manage to get a black eye. That is what the Ugly American was about.
I didn't like the cheering. Now Bin Laden's followers have one more axe to grind.
And where do we draw the line?
I watched quite a few episodes of Dexter. Such a good intentioned man, only getting rid of the scum on Earth. That part of him worked "underground." But, otherwise, was he any different than the US of A?
In the blog, What Me Worry?, the author speaks of a friend who died in one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Skillfully she sticks to a compassionate memorial to the friend. She doesn't condemn Bid Laden, but rather describes her loss and the world's loss when her friend died.
Lots of questions about the value of human life, and whether we are bad people, or good people who do bad things.
In Italy I went to a museum devoted to torture. It reminded me that we have improved as a human race. We don't get pleasure in hurting others as we once did. I saw there a painting of a spring fair, with a torture going on to entertain the guests.
We don't quite do that anymore, or do we?
I don't know.