The May 3 article “Good riddance, bin Laden. But celebrate? No” paints a picture of a nation that would hear of Osama bin Laden’s death and then simultaneously pick up confetti while letting down its guard. Naysayers would have us “what if” and “what about when” ourselves into a corner, but this is to operate under the belief that with celebration comes complacency.

Of course someone will take bin Laden’s place. History makes it likely, if not inevitable.

Courtesy of his type, and everything learned in the search to find him, we are all the more prepared to deal with whoever surfaces. In the meantime, it comes as a great relief that one of the bigger cockroaches of this century (so far) can no longer walk across our table and defecate on it.

Diana Hartman

Böblingen, Germany

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