That the Americans have learnt little about behaving in a democratic and just way with those it considers to be aliens even after so many wars, some of which have gone awry for them, is evident from the fact that they named this commando strike as "Operation Geronimo". Geronimo is the name the white Americans gave to the great Chiricahua Apache Indian leader Goyaale who fought against them in the later part of the nineteenth century to try and safeguard the Apache homelands from encroachment. These homelands were rich in crude oil deposits and also provided pastures for raising of beef cattle. He was finally forced to surrender in 1886 after a three decade long unsuccessful battle against the white Americans. The Americans are still proud of what they did to the Apaches and so they thought nothing of visualising Laden as the new Geronimo. One can't help wondering what Geronimo would have thought of Laden given that they have both fought unsuccessfully a mighty criminal power.
The power of the modern American state is very scaring. The huge resources it has deployed to carry out an intelligence cum commando operation like the one on Laden is a sobering thought for people who are trying to fight for justice in small pockets around the world. This power extends to the control of media as the overwhelming response to the action has been a laudatory one with even the United Nations Secretary General welcoming it unequivocally despite its obvious violation of human rights and international law.
The common person in the USA seems to view the killing of Laden as a welcome development because an opinion poll conducted immediately after showed that rising above partisan affiliations 57% of those polled approved of President Obama's overall job performance though 60% still felt that this would not raise their level of safety against terrorist attacks. When there is such a tremendous lack of self introspection among Americans even after the 2008 meltdown, regarding the model of development that has been adopted by them and following them the rest of the world, then it is difficult to conceive of a more just world order emerging in the near future. Thus, there seems to be no possibility at the present moment of challenging the criminality of the Americans and so the struggle for justice continues on the fringes of mainstream society throughout the world. Even if these struggles sometimes manage to hold centre stage as in the case of Egypt or Tunisia, they are very soon defused using various stratagems. The culture of deceit and mass murder let loose by the Columbian Encounter still holds supreme after more than 500 years stifling the voices calling for a saner, non-accumulative and so non-violent mode of development.