Upon arriving back home in the United Kingdom this week, I was greeted with two contrasts to the United States, where I had been visiting the East Coast for ten days. The first was a decent cup of tea, something that lets me forgive the other evils of English cuisine. The second was less welcome: a change in mindset and morals – the European intelligentsia’s outrage at the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Among the emotive criticism and cries of insensitivity levelled at the US, a number of opinion articles slammed the American celebrations of Bin Laden’s demise.
Americans have a right to grieve and remember those who died on 9/11. But they have no monopoly on memory, grief or anger. Hundreds and thousands of innocent Afghanis, Iraqis and Pakistanis have been murdered as a result of America's response to 9/11. If it's righteous vengeance they're after, Americans would not be first in line. Fortunately it is not a competition, and there is enough misery to go around.
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