The End of the Beginning

Yesterday, we saw the final chapter of a book which began long before September 11, 2001. The dramatic execution by US Navy Seals of arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden was the stuff of which legends are made – or at least, Hollywood blockbusters. It’s a pity that one of the major beneficiaries turns out to be President Barack Hussein Obama, who will, no doubt, milk the event for all it’s worth in order to boost his own waning popularity. However, to the true heroes, those brave warriors who actually carried out the operation,  I would like to say: Kol Hakavod! We salute you!

Celebrations are in order, no doubt about that. The bastard got what was coming to him (pardon the crudity of the sentiment). Yet Al-Quaeda and its subsidiaries are reminiscent of the fabled Hydra – a monster with many heads. And let us not forget that, according to Greek mythology, whenever one head was cut off, two more grew in its place.

That said,  the success of the operation – even if it took ten years to get off the ground – will show the World Jihadi Movement, in all its colours, that the West is no longer ready to kowtow to a bunch of thugs. It’s a start. One might say, to paraphrase Col. Armstrong: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Or one might adopt the words of Sir Winston Churchill, after the British victory at El-Alamein: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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2 Responses to The End of the Beginning

  1. I too celebrate this day. It may not be a substantive victory, but it’s an important moral victory.

  2. Pat says:

    Be safe, Shimona…we watch the other hand, here…

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