DANGER ROOM: At the end of this week, I’m with Spencer Ackerman on this.
And while I’m at it, I’m sorry I didn’t go celebrate in front of the White House last Sunday night. I have zero patience for the “every man’s deathe diminishes me” meme, au courant in some (and some surprising) quarters; it is untrue and a disservice to the concept of justice. Unjust aggression, unjust war is a form of tyranny, as Michael Walzer wrote in Just and Unjust Wars.
The tyrant does not have to be sitting atop of one as the dictator in power; today the tyrant can be a terrorist who leverages a small bit of actual violence into a massively tyrannical effect, even from a far distance. And when the tyrant is overthrown, even one at a far distance and in a far country (where he is sheltered and given safe haven by those who are also enemies of ours), we the people rejoice and celebrate in the streets and shout for joy at his downfall and, yes, his death. Why should we not?