This is why it matters: on September 12, 2001, we started telling ourselves a story, a revenge fantasy, about killing the people who attacked us. The war was never explained this way. It was always justified as a being about democracy or anti-terrorism generally, but that vengeance is what drove us collectively on, and why so many feel “closure” today. Bin Laden had to die so the war could end. In fact, his death literally defines the end. The 9-11 dead have been avenged.
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