The revelation that Osama Bin Laden was not hiding in a cave somewhere, but in fact living in a quiet Pakistani resort town, reminded me of one of my very favorite Monty Python sketches: the story of Mr. Hilter and his companions and their adventures in Minehead, Somerset. I can't find an embeddable version, but it's worth going to YouTube to watch if you haven't seen it. I think my favorite part is "Heinrich Bimmler"'s autobiographical monologue: "I am retired window cleaner and pacificist without doing war crimes." This is about how I imagine things went in Abbottabad until this week.
Mollie Wilson O’Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.