Bad year for despots, dictators and the despicable

This time, it’s Kim Jong Il.

The North Korean despot and reliable punchline has died at 69. RIP and exit ASAP, Mr. Jong.

Before, it was Muammar Gaddafi. Any way you spell it, the Libyan madman is dead and left in an unmarked and mostly unmourned grave.

And before that it was Osama bin Laden. American forces finally caught up with bin Laden and left him dead and on the bottom of the ocean.

And of course, there are also the Middle East dictators, tyrants and murderers who were forced from power during the Arab Spring. They ruled for decades and killed, stole and terrorized.

All in all, as 2011 draws to a close, so have the lives and crimes of several evil men who wished the USA and its people harm. While it’s in poor taste to celebrate the death of anyone, few tears will be shed for these despicable characters.

How does this impact the world, war and peace and the 2012 election? It should offer promise, if also danger, to the world, and somehow, it seems clear this is continued good news for President Obama, who played a large role in some of these departures.

A death worth cheering?

As news spread that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces Sunday, some were cheering, toasting the terrorist’s demise and posting celebratory notes online.

There were reports of loud noises across Mitchell Sunday night and many of them seem tied to the news of bin Laden’s death.

Was that proper? Should America and our allies be pleased that Osama is dead and by our hands? He repeatedly expressed his hatred of our nation and people and masterminded attacks on the United States that killed about 3,000 of our people, most of them civilians who had done nothing to him.

I admit to feeling good, almost giddy, at reports of his death. Should we regret such emotions? Is the death of any human a thing to mourn?

Or was this justice for a terrorist, a hate-filled man who murdered innocent people?

Here’s the story from The Washington Post: