No, you're right -- they see asshats every day, many of them political leaders in our own country, who might not create overt terrorist attacks, but leave people to suffer without health care or better education or equal rights within our society, and a host of other social evils. Imagine how much money was spent on finalizing this "death" and how our national budget has gone to hell in the last eight years in part because of this. There are many types of monsters in the world, and while we're rejoicing that one monster of one type is gone, we pat the others on the back. That's what my kids are up against, that's what they're already coming face to face with. And it's not an us/them thing where we can rejoice when we beat the other side, it's all damned tragic that any of that happens at all.I can tell you that they, within their lives, see just as brutal (if not more so) crimes as that man committed. Osama bin Laden has been a bogey man for people all over the world for decades. He will not be the last by a long shot.
I felt the same way watching the clip of Saddam's hanging. He had it coming by perpetrating a host of violences in his lifetime, but the rejoicing and glorification of yet another violent death rather than feeling like it was one more wasted life tossed into the garbage helped me realize that evil permeates all sides, even the supposed "good" side. Anyone can be tainted and become the thing they hate.
In any case, what my intuition tells me is that children whose are directly impacted by violence -- i.e., lost a protective figure in their lives -- would respond as you said. Because it would have left them feeling very unsafe. But about 99% of the children in this country were not directly impacted by 9/11 in terms of losing an actual parent. It was a faceless, distant enemy to them.
Agreed on that last one.However, body or not. Let us all take away at least three lessons from this, 1) There are human monsters in the world 2) There are people who honestly believe in justice 3) Any and all of us can easily become either one.