Terrorism: The U.S. Sends a Message

A bold, nonviolent stroke ends four days of horror and humiliation

"Thank God we finally won one!" exulted Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. "It's a glorious day in American history," agreed Republican Congressman Robert K. Dornan of California. WE GOT 'EM, shouted a headline in USA Today. Kevin Kirby, 28, a Detroit garage attendant, echoed countless other Americans as he declared, "It's about time. We needed to prove that we were not going to sit and take it anymore."

On Capitol Hill and all across the U.S. last week, there were fierce outpourings of pride at a military job well done. Indeed, not since the 1983 U.S. landing on...

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