May 1 2011 will be a day remembered as the day it was announced that the man who apparently masterminded and ordered the attack on the World Trade Center in NYC ten years ago was killed by the US Military where he was living deep inside Pakistan.
Coincidentally May 1 (1945) is also the same day it was announced that the German dictator Adolph Hitler was also no longer among the living.
Some people serve as political symbols and when they are killed it brings a huge degree of satisfaction. When these larger than life characters are finally brought down it gives us an opportunity to take great joy in their demise. We see this occuring throughout history.
Bin Laden's death of course does not lay to rest the terror that may still us in the future but it does allow the people of US to feel they have gotten revenge for the attack that changed our country forever.
Is this an end of era? Most likely not, but it does make many Americans feel better. If one can feel good about someones death then this is a good news day.