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Jon Stewart reacts to Osama bin Laden’s death

Jon Stewart. (Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

“I suppose I should be expressing some ambivalence about the targeted killing of another human being, and yet — no. I just want details,” Stewart said, addressing the mixed emotions many Americans are experiencing after the death of the man believed to be the chief architect of 9/11 attacks.

Stewart, a life-long New Yorker, even found humor in the name Abbottabad — the town in Pakistan where the compound bin Laden was killed in is located — saying it “sounds like [the] name most New Yorkers would have invented for the fictional place they would have loved to kill Bin Laden.”

Not even the threat of retaliation by terrorists could bring the host down. “Even when they do [attack], you know who won’t see it? Bin Laden. Because we shot out his eyes, and now he lives in a pineapple under the sea,” he said, referring to cartoon ocean-dweller, Sponge Bob.

On a more serious note, Stewart, who has been an advocate for first responders sickened at Ground Zero, explained his reasons for not being conflicted about bin Laden’s death. “I am way too close to this whole episode to be rational about this in any way shape or form,” he said, bringing to mind his extremely emotional show after the 9/11 attacks. “Last night was a good night for me, and not just for New York or D.C. or America, but for human people.”

“The face of the Arab world in America’s eyes for too long has been bin Laden. And now it is not,” Stewart said, adding that the young people protesting for democracy in Egypt, Tunisia and other Middle Eastern countries will become the new representatives.

Stewart wasn’t the only late-night hose to discuss bin Laden’s death. Check out a run-down of the responses here.

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