What Didn't Happen After Osama's Death

Todd's take on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

There were impromptu celebrations and chants of "USA, USA" when the news came out late Sunday night that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a raid on his complex in Pakistan.

Ohio State University students jumped in a lake at midnight Sunday, apparently in celebration (I wonder how they'll react when football coach Jim Tressel learns his final fate after the "tattoo-gate" scandal?).

But there are a few things people might have expected to happen Monday, that didn't.

It appears the stock market's reaction was "ho-hum".  After a few early modest gains, the Dow Jones average for the day fell three points.

And what about oil prices?  Yes, they fell a couple of dollars on the spot market, but analysts say that was because of a stronger dollar, not because of Bin Laden.  And the prices at the gas pump continued to rise, as high as $4.39 in some parts of our area.  Curiously, that's almost as high as they jumped in some locations on the day of the September 11th attacks.

So while the elimination of Bin Laden may be a happy event for some, particularly the families of the 9-11 victims, for others, it's just another day in the "War on Terror" (the words President Obama said he didn't want to use any more when he took office, but, what it is, nonetheless).

And there's plenty of talk about retaliation.  Bin Laden is no doubt now seen as a martyr in much of the Muslim world, much the way a lot of us think of John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King. 

That's why a lot of people aren't reacting much to Osama Bin Laden's death.  They know he's gone, but the fight against terrorism goes on.

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