There's much ado right now about No Easy Day, a memoir of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden that's said to be written by a member of SEAL Team 6 under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book will no doubt fly off shelves when it's released in September because of what it represents: a seminal moment in our nation's history.
But it seems the importance of the event has already been lost in the hullabaloo over the difference in the events related in the book from those provided by the Obama administration. They both agree that Osama bin Laden is dead (thank heavens). But the devil, as they say, seems to be in the details.
The question is whether that's enough to make this Osama bin Laden mission memoir "important" or just another historical tome that will sell for awhile before being relegated to the bargain bin. Does America really care how bin Laden died? Or are we simply content in knowing that he's gone?
I know I remember where I was when I heard that Osama bin Laden was dead, killed by a team of US Navy SEALs in Pakistan. Don't you? OK, now, do you remember any of the details of how the most wanted terrorist in our nation's history was killed? Do you feel you have to know, want to know?
I don't. I don't care how Osama bin Laden died. Whether he was reaching for a weapon in his bedroom -- as administration officials have related -- or if the man responsible for thousands of deaths on 9/11 was simply sitting in his room, as this new book would have us believe.
Even being satisfied -- I can't quite say happy -- over a man's death is something that tests my moral fiber. Like most Americans, I've been raised to see death as something tragic. And yet, Osama bin Laden was a monster. His death allowed our nation to move on, to heal, to find closure.
The fact is, Osama bin Laden is dead. That's satisfying enough for me; I don't need the grisly details to drive it home. I'm not actually sure I could stomach them. Because the details make this thing, this death that has made us feel better, too real.
I don't need to go back there. Do you?
Will you read No Easy Day? Do you care to know the details of how Osama bin Laden died?
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