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So....
I think in sum, it's a good thing that bin Laden has been killed. I mean "a good thing" in a few limited ways:
- US realpolitik - it's good because we said we'd get him, so we had to.
- medium-term impact on the US - it's good because a charismatic leader who has ties to lots of money and has been using those ties to kill people and corrupt a religion is gone.

Is this good for the US in the short term? I don't know, but we will hopefully see pretty easily. Working only a few blocks from the White House concerns me quite a bit. As [livejournal.com profile] chococynic said, "I used to live in a globally insignificant major East Coast city and I was safe. Now I live in DC."

Is this good for the US in the long term? There are really three things I'd like to see come out of this that would let me call this good.
1. As my coworker said, "So... does this mean we get our freedoms back?"
2. Pull out of Afghanistan leaving a stable govt and close Guantanamo.
3. A true change in the way the US approaches despots who are "on our side."

Any of those three would be great.


Anyway, while everyone else is posting about this and Holocaust Remembrance Day, I'd like to instead say something about this and the sefirot in which bin Laden was captured and killed.

Sunday night began Day 13 - Yesod of Gevurah
Sunday day ended Day 14 - Hod of Gevurah

Chabad writes about each one:

Yesod of Gevurah:
For discipline to be effective it must be coupled with commitment and bonding. Both in disciplining yourself and others there has to be a sense that the discipline is important for developing a stronger bond. Not that I discipline you, but that we are doing it together for our mutual benefit.
Exercise for the day: Demonstrate to your child or student how your bonding with each other is an essential ingredient in discipline and growth.

Hod of Gevurah
The results of discipline and might without humility are obvious. The greatest catastrophes have occurred as a result of people sitting in arrogant judgement of others. Am I arrogant in the name of justice (what I consider as just)? Do I ever think that I sit on a higher pedestal and bestow judgement on my subjects below? What about my children? Students?
A judge has to be the most humble of creatures, recognizing that he sits in judgement not by his own merit but only because G-d gave the right to judge His children.
Exercise for the day: Don't judge anyone unless you are doing so selflessly with no personal bias.

I hope (and doubt) that our pursuit of bin Laden was done with humility and commitment to world peace and not only with justice and vengeance in mind.
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