"I'm not saying anyone deserved this, but --"
(Yes, that does sound an awful lot like "I'm not a racist, but." And it has pretty much the same meaning.)
Well, I doubt any of those people are reading this blog, but just in case they are, allow me to edify them: this is what someone who "deserves it" looks like.
A couple more thoughts while I'm here:
- It's possible that the government might feel the need to release photographs of bin Laden's body, to prove to his followers that he's really dead. I suppose I understand that, but I hope this time the British papers manage to restrain themselves from putting the photos all over their front pages, the way they did with Saddam Hussein's sons. Maybe Kate Middleton can lose a few more pounds and distract them.
- Is it silly to say that I'm pleased for Christopher Hitchens that he lived to see this day?