Bin Laden saw us as evil and weak, and turned out to be wrong on both counts.
The Russians have a proverb, “God hurries not, but misses not.” In the case of Osama bin Laden, we may have been in a hurry, but still had to wait ten long years since the day he crushed and incinerated thousands on our soil.
It’s hard to know what the condign punishment is for such a savage act of mass murder. Getting shot in the head by U.S. forces who descend on your compound in an operation of ruthless efficiency and then jettison your corpse into the sea has to be close to the mark, though. As Pres. Barack Obama said, simply and unassailably, “Justice has been done.”