While the vast majority of Americans are intensely proud of Navy SEAL Team 6 for its successful mission last Sunday and happy, if not universally ecstatic, over its results, Europeans have been largely mute over the mission’s success or demonstrably angry over American impertinence in what they consider a violation of the air space and territorial integrity of a sovereign state and which many contend involved a summary execution of an un-armed man. 

There’s no question that Team 6 did indeed infringe on Pakistan’s national boundaries, which boundaries are more porous than America’s southern border, and that nation itself is less a nation than it is a sanctuary for terrorist enemies of the United States–and of Europe. 

Whether Osama bin Laden was in fact un-armed or had an AK47 or other weapon in easy reach is still unclear, and irrelevant.  What is known is that he was a declared, vicious enemy and his compound was a virtual fortress with high walls topped by barbed wire and that he had armed guards protecting him. 

It’s easy to second guess what the SEALs should have done in the heat, the fog, of battle, to Monday-morning-quarterback a perilous military operation since none of us were there, on-site, with those brave men.  All volunteers in the service of their country, they were risking their lives to execute a mission deemed critical to America’s–and Europe’s–interests and safety. 

Europeans, however, feel free to do just that, to judge the propriety of the assault and to condemn Osama’s killing.  See, for example, this article from the UK’s DailyMail.com: http://bit.ly/ksBGQ3 

These are the same rabble of Europe, aptly called by some, “cheese-eating surrender monkeys,” a term which comes to us from “The Simpsons” and which technically and obviously applies to the French.  It can easily be extrapolated to incorporate most modern Europeans who would today be speaking German, Russian, or a combination thereof if not for Americans. 

We rescued them twice within a generation from the invading Huns and preserved and protected them from Russian destruction and conquest for fifty years.  They stood in sympathetic if superficial solidarity with America after 9/11 when they realized they could be next.  Now, seduced by soul-less socialistic-collectivist theory, terror of conflict, and allegiance to internationalism many, too many, Europeans have adopted an attitude of self-righteous indignation on issues such as the Navy SEAL operation. 

   On May 1st, 2011, the United States eradicated a vile species of vermin.  Europe notwithstanding, the mission was not just a military success but an outstanding American accomplishment which removed a pernicious boil from the ass of humanity.  It may be true that neither we nor Europe are any safer as a consequence but the world has been fumigated to some extent. 

What Americans in D.C. and New York celebrated after the news of bin Laden’s death broke Sunday night was not his death, was not a jingoistic reflection of the joy of consummated vengeance, was certainly not Barack Hussein Obama’s miniscule involvement in the accomplished goal.  It was a celebration of an albeit brief revival of patriotic American fervor, of national pride, of faith in our nation’s exceptionalism and it unmistakably informed our enemies that they can run and hide but they will not escape our justice.

Finally and perhaps most importantly our SEALs and our celebrations should serve as a reminder to our allies that simpering and cowering and backbiting only further embolden an already implacable, worldwide terrorist network.  We either must stand and struggle together or we will assuredly be defeated and die together.