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At news that the yanks had 'taken out' Osama bin Laden, we hungrily ingested the opinions of Washington insiders, Kentucky short-order cooks and Al Qaeda terrorists. (Heck, CNN and Time magazine even tracked down the kids who were listening to President George Bush read "The Pet Goat" when the 9/11 attacks occurred and asked them what they thought of Bin Laden's demise.) Oh, yes. We've heard it from all angles. At least, we thought he had.
Earlier today, I overheard the following remark in a Melbourne cafe. "Osama bin Laden is not dead. He's just a symbol for America's fight against terrorism." Naturally, this was just a snippet of a broader discussion, but it got me thinking. If bin Laden is a symbol for fear and terrorism, what can we do to rob this symbol of its power?